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Sharing the stories of purpose-driven Parks and Recreation professionals. We believe every professional has the potential to make a difference in their organization and in their communities. These are the stories of the future leaders who are navigating their career and finding their purpose through Parks and Recreation. (Previously: Becky Talks Parks)

Let's Talk Parks Podcast: Stories of Purpose-Driven Parks and Recreation Professionals Let's Talk Parks

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Sharing the stories of purpose-driven Parks and Recreation professionals. We believe every professional has the potential to make a difference in their organization and in their communities. These are the stories of the future leaders who are navigating their career and finding their purpose through Parks and Recreation. (Previously: Becky Talks Parks)

    2.32: Season 2 Wrap Up with Anthony Iracki

    2.32: Season 2 Wrap Up with Anthony Iracki

    Whew, we made it!   In this episode, Anthony and Becky sit down to reflect back on 2020 and think about the future of this next year.  As his last year of being a young professional, Anthony talks through some of his highlights as he moves on to the next stage in his career.  Becky talks about the transition between her passion project and making it into something bigger with Let's Talk Parks.   Enjoy this reflection of 2020!

    Wishing you all the best in 2021!


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    • 45 min
    2.31: How Did Working Moms Survive 2020? Marissa and Becky Look Back at the Year...

    2.31: How Did Working Moms Survive 2020? Marissa and Becky Look Back at the Year...

    Marissa and Becky sit down to discuss how we survived this year as working moms.  

    We discuss what it was like to navigate a new normal of virtual learning, working from home, and transitioning back into the office.  

    If you're a woman working in parks and recreation, how have you had to adapt?  

    How did your views on goal setting, work/life balance, and mental health change this past year?

    That's exactly what we discuss, plus more, on this episode of Let's Talk Parks.


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    • 40 min
    2.30: Seeking A Balanced Approach to Success with Brittanie Propes

    2.30: Seeking A Balanced Approach to Success with Brittanie Propes

    For many young professionals there exist an idea of a “perfect” job that often goes along with the “perfect” life. But, as many of us have found sometimes the idea of perfect is far from the reality that exists. We sat down with Brittanie Propes to discuss her journey towards finding balance in her personal and professional life and how it led her to the place she is today.

    Tune in to learn.

    · How she obtained her “dream job” only to realize the dream wasn’t the reality and the next steps she took.

    · How she balances being a working single mother and makes time for her career and family.

    · How she took some innovative approaches to community wellness during the pandemic.

    Brittanie Propes is a Motivational Leader, Brand Champion, and Business Driver who draws upon versatility, a competitive spirit, and a solid work ethic to strengthen operational efficiency, customer engagement, and financial results in alignment with brand strategy.

    Brittanie is currently the Recreation and Marketing Manager for the City of Smithville.

    If you enjoyed this episode and are looking for more information on the topic or would like to learn how you can become a contributor or guest visit us at www.letstalkparks.com. In addition please be sure to follow us on Instagram @Lets_talk_parks for more great content from purpose-driven Parks and Recreation Professionals like yourself.


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    2:29 Making the Most of Year 1 as a Parks and Rec Professional

    2:29 Making the Most of Year 1 as a Parks and Rec Professional

    What can parks and recreation professionals do during their first year to set their career up for success?  That’s what this episode is all about with Jody Siemer and Marissa Moravec.  Listen in to hear about the tactical steps that young professionals can take to launch their career in a positive direction.

    Jody Siemer is an outstanding Parks & Recreation professional currently serving the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri as Manager of Recreation.  Jody is passionate about providing guidance and mentorship to the next generation of parks and recreation professional.  She co-founded the Young Professional Section of the Missouri Park & Recreation Association (MPRA).  Thru extensive research, she has compiled this guidance for "Year 1 as a Professional" and presented her findings both at the MPRA state-wide Conference as well as to the Young Professional Section.

    If you enjoyed this episode and are looking for more information on the topic or would like to learn how you can become a contributor or guest visit us at www.letstalkparks.com. In addition please be sure to follow us on Instagram @Lets_talk_parks for more great content from purpose-driven Parks and Recreation Professionals like yourself.


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    • 44 min
    2.28 The New Normal with Tom O'Rourke

    2.28 The New Normal with Tom O'Rourke

    All agencies, public, private, and nonprofit have been negatively effected by the Coronavirus. There is not one agency or person who will not feel the effects. There is NO waiting to go back to the way it was. 

    Tom O'Rourke is an experienced Park and Recreation Professional with over 40 years experience managing the people who manage great Parks and Rec agencies. Current Professor of Practice at Clemson University specializing in helping graduate students, (and some undergraduate,) understand the Innovative, Creative, and Entrepreneurial skills necessary to sustain the Park and Recreation profession into the future. Connect with him online --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-o-rourke-8255bb6/




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    • 18 min
    2.27 Empowerment Through Exposure with Atuya Cornwell

    2.27 Empowerment Through Exposure with Atuya Cornwell

    In this episode, Atuya and Anthony sit down to talk about how as park and recreation professionals, we have impact the lives in the communities we serve on a daily basis and create lifelong memories.  It is often said that we work so that others can play!  With that said, it is extremely important that park and recreation professionals prioritize their professional development and utilize various tools that helps to keep one connect to their why.

    Mr. Atuya O. Cornwell is a certified park and recreation professional with over 15 years of experience. Atuya is an active member of NRPA and is passionate about connecting young professionals with professional development tools and opportunities. He is also the 2015 recipient of NRPA’s Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award.   Atuya has served on NRPA’s Program Committee, Young Professional Network Leadership Team and the Public Policy Committee.  Atuya has presented at the NRPA Annual Conference the last three years, where his ‘What’s Your Awesome Sauce?!?’ session received great reviews.Atuya is the proud son of a former Paralympic athlete and credits his father as the reason for his passion for sports and recreation. 


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Amanda D'Agostino ,

Everything I wanted (and need) in a Parks Podcast

This podcast is great for people of all backgrounds. I am a current student and wanted to know more about what other professionals are doing. It gives you a great idea of the wide range of positions and ideas in the field of Parks and Recreation. I've learned so much by listening!

AliM1979 ,

Parks, Parks, Park!

All parks, all the time! We need this podcast, now more than ever. Kudos to Becky and team for highlighting incredible work happening in parks and recreation agencies across the country. Listen in for ideas or inspiration-I typically get both.

ksgrosh ,

Thank you!

As I started working a Parks+Rec job during COVID and its relative isolation, this podcast has helped me connect with others in the field and given me a sense of community. Thanks for the diversity of content and being a wonderful resource!

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