Conversations with fellow risk-takers, rule-breakers, challengers, and dreamers, to lift each other up and build a path to a better world together.
Defy Convention with Peter Vega
For Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance Peter Vega, the value of the arts is not in a piece of work that someone has deemed worth a million dollars; it is in using material culture to educate people about the past and shape the future for the better.
In this episode of the Defy Convention Podcast, we speak to Peter about defying convention in the museum sector, his mission to teach, educate, and tell stories differently, how the Chicago Cultural Alliance “walks the walk” when it comes to supporting and connecting the community-driven work of over 40 cultural heritage centers in Chicago, and how the cultural arts are their own kind of therapy—helping us have more challenging and courageous conversations.
Listen in to our conversation with Peter, below, or listen on Apple Podcasts.
Follow Peter’s convention-defying work:
* Peter on Twitter: @petervega
* CCA on Twitter: @chicagocultural
* CCA on Instagram: @chicagocultural
* Chicago Cultural Alliance Website
Defy Convention with Karen Hawkins
Karen Hawkins founded Rebellious Magazine for Women with a mission to give opportunities to those whose points-of-view differed from the conventional straight-white-male lens through which mainstream media is shared. In this episode of the Defy Convention podcast, we speak to Karen about what it means to be a disruptor in today’s white-male-dominated media industry, how to set boundaries to preserve our mental health as leaders, why “objectivity” in media is b******t, and how storytelling through an authentic and inclusive lens has the power to “lower the wall between the writer and the reader.”
Listen in to our conversation with Karen, below, or listen on Apple Podcasts.
Follow Karen’s convention-defying work:
Karen on Twitter: @chiefrebelle
Chicago Reader on Twitter: @chicago_reader
Rebellious Mag on Twitter: @rebelliousmag
Karen on Instagram: @chiefrebelle
Chicago Reader on Instagram: @chicago_reader
Rebellious Mag on Instagram: @rebelliousmagazine
* Rebellious Magazine Website
* Chicago Reader Website
Karen Hawkins is the Founder and Rebelle in Chief of Rebellious Magazine and Co-Editor In Chief of the Chicago Reader. She is a recovering mainstream media reporter and editor who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she’s always wanted to start when he called her “Rebellious” for taking too many weekends off. When she isn’t instigating a media Rebellion, she’s thanking her lucky starlets she gets to do whatever she wants on weekends.
Defy Convention with Karla Estela
For 51 years, Free Street has been creating original, joyful, and thought-provoking theater by, for, about, with, and in Chicago’s diverse communities. In this episode of the Defy Convention Podcast, we speak with Executive Director of Free Street Theater, Karla Estela, about the power of authentic and inclusive storytelling in amplifying social justice, how she is redefining what it means to be a “strong leader” in the midst of a pandemic, and the importance of remembering to pause, reflect and reconnect with what is real.
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Defy Convention with Denise Barreto
Whether she’s disrupting Hollywood as Producer and Co-Founder of Serqet Productions and Media or reshaping the business landscape as Partner at Relationships Matter Now, entrepreneur, author, and TEDx speaker Denise Barreto wakes up every day to ensure that America lives up to her promise—to everyone.
On this episode of the Defy Convention Podcast, we speak with Denise about the roots of systemic racism and its relationship to Hollywood, her dedication to telling diverse stories that would otherwise not be told, and how to amplify our impact by living our values.
Listen in to our conversation with Denise, below, or listen on Apple Podcasts.
Keep up with Denise’s convention-defying work:
Twitter: @denisewbarreto @serqetproducers
Instagram: @denisewbarreto @serqetproductions
Current PBS Show: www.flybrother.net
Entrepreneur, author, and TEDx speaker Denise W. Barreto is a prominent 21st Century voice on leadership and storytelling. Whether she’s executing in her role as a business strategist and managing partner of Relationships Matter Now, LLC or behind the camera in her newest roles as an executive producer and co-founder of Serqet Productions and Media, LLC, Denise is always challenging the status quo and building new, more inclusive narratives and environments across government, nonprofit, corporate and soon-to-be Hollywood entities. At Relationships Matter Now, LLC, primarily delivering strategic planning facilitation, organizational and leadership development, and inclusion and diversity strategy, Denise and her firm have quickly become a go-to resource for non-profit and government agencies and businesses of all sizes who want to better leverage their relationships to grow their bottom line.
Defy Convention with Lisa Arie
What does it mean to live our truth? For our debut episode of the Defy Convention Podcast, we spoke with Lisa Arie, Co-Founder and CEO of award-winning experiential discovery center Vista Caballo.
For Lisa, transformation begins with understanding how we are wired and learning to trade false narratives for innate wisdom so that we can come to know ourselves on the deepest, truest level. Together, we discuss how to tap into our intuition in order to lead with authenticity outside of our comfort zone while cultivating clarity and fulfillment in our work.
Listen in to our conversation with Lisa, below, or listen on Apple Podcasts.
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Lisa Arie co-founded Vista Caballo with her husband Jess Arie. Lisa designs and leads the personal and leadership development experiences. Fast Company magazine calls Lisa a “CEO whisperer.”
Lisa’s early life granted her a unique perspective of life. She was born in New York. Starting at the age of two and throughout her childhood and teenage years, her father’s international job with Time magazine moved the family to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, the Netherlands, and England.
Lisa met Maori, Maasai, and aborigines. She ice-skated on frozen canals and hiked through jungles. She even dodged gunfire during the Singapore-Malaysian Riots.
After attending college in England and the United States, Lisa graduated with a BA from Hampshire College. Her career took off shortly after she graduated. Named one of Adweek magazine’s Creative All Stars, she produced the famed Motel Six commercials featuring Tom Bodett (“We’ll leave the light on for you.”), selected by Advertising Age magazine as one of the Top 100 Advertising Campaigns of the Twentieth Century.
After working for agencies for seven years, Lisa used a $5,000 loan from her parents to start her own businesses. They grew into multi-million dollar companies.
She created thousands of commercials for brands, such as Adidas, Anheuser-Bush, British Airways, and Miller and led a paradigm shift in the advertising industry.
Twelve years into her entrepreneurial run, Lisa was confronted with a terminal disease that made her re-evaluate what was important in life and what she wanted to leave the world in terms of contribution.
As she writes in her memoir, Crossing the Silly Bridge, “When our hearts speak and we listen, we find ourselves.”
With a new sense of consciousness, Lisa decided “I was not going to die without having first lived. Even if it was for just one day.”
Lisa listened to her heart and it led her, seemingly illogically, to the world of the horse. She studied with legendary horse whisperers and their disciples. She learned about the interpersonal journey and presence. She transformed. She came alive in a way she had never been before. She did not die. There’s no trace of disease. Her companies thrived. She decided to pack it up and share wellness with the rest of the world.