Unlocking the secrets of limitless living! If you are interested in elevating your career, overcoming self-doubt or just need valuable advice from a successful mentor, this podcast is for you. Our primary focus is to empower women and we welcome men into this important conversation. Every Wednesday Mentors & Moguls features candid conversations with athletes, authors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and brilliant business minds as they share their practical tools & actionable advice on how to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
My name is Heather Stone and I want to help you silence self-doubt, realize your potential and feel empowered.
Tackling your health and fitness head-on w/ CrossFit Guru Gunther Klaus
Today’s guest is successful coach, entrepreneur, trainer, and CrossFit guru, Gunther Klaus. He’s the founder of Strength & Mechanics, a health and fitness program out of America’s most health and body-conscious city - Los Angeles.
In this episode, Heather and Gunther discuss all things health and fitness. They cover Gunther’s available courses, modern myths, why support matters, how to get the most out of your workout, the importance of science, and so much more!
Catch up with Gunther on Instagram @guntherklaus.
Be sure to visit Heather at https://heatherrstone.com/ and subscribe to this channel for more Mentors & Moguls.
Solving Homelessness One Heart at a Time with Hearts of Gold Founder, Deborah Koenigsberger
Deborah Koenigsberger is the founder of the nonprofit organization Hearts of Gold. For over 27 years, Hearts of Gold has sought to end homelessness for women and children in New York City through a combination of need-based programs and shelters which now house and assist over 35,000 mothers and children. Today, I’m sitting down with Deborah to learn more about how she was inspired to start the program, how she stays motivated and positive, and what it takes to effect true change within your sphere.
Decades ago, as Deborah walked from home to work, she would pass through a run-down park populated with homeless families and individuals. A young mother herself, she couldn’t stop wondering about the mothers living there. As she got to know one woman in particular, she learned that the mother had been molested in one of the shelters, and therefore felt more safe on the streets. A lifelong fan of Stevie Wonder, Deborah took his song “Take the Time Out” to heart. She was inspired to take a step and work to make a change. As Deborah got involved, she started to take ownership of not only shelters, but also attendant programs that could assist in raising women and children out of homelessness.
The problem of homelessness is overwhelming to think about. We took time to discuss with Deborah how she manages to stay motivated and positive in the face of such staggering need. Deborah shares how community service was really built into her DNA growing up and how her faith sustains her when she would otherwise sink. Furthermore, she’s a highly results-oriented person. By breaking the problem down into achievable goals and remembering the impact on individuals she’s met, she’s able to press forward with her whole heart and her whole effort.
Hearts of Gold is not just about satisfying the immediate needs of women and children under its protection. It seeks to break the cycle of poverty and lift individuals out of homelessness. To Deborah, this comes down to investing in individuals, expanding their world view, prioritizing education, and letting them always know that someone is cheering for them. Hearts of Gold’s programs, from the learn to earn work experience program at Deborah’s own thrift store boutique to summer teen enrichment programs, open up access and opportunities for individuals. Like many charitable programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hearts of Gold had to cancel fundraisers even in the face of ever-increasing needs, and is therefore working with a restricted budget this year. Deborah shares ways you can get involved in this work, and the current and future initiatives that Hearts of Gold has planned to meet the evolving needs of the community.
What You Will Learn
The power of just one person to effect real change in her community and world. How to stay positive and motivated in the face of overwhelming odds. What factors make the real difference for children and mothers living in poverty. How to join in the work of Hearts of Gold, or find a passion for another worthy project that needs your efforts.
The Mindset of a Leader – Garrett Madison - Everest Climber & Mountaineering Phenomenon
On today’s episode, I’m joined by Garrett Madison, a world-record holding mountain climber and Mount Everest guide-extraordinaire. His records include being the only person to climb Mount Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse in a day, three times; being the only American to climb K2 twice; and he has personally led more climbers to the summits of Mount Everest and K2 than anyone else. Together, Garrett and I talk about his career, following your passion, and leadership.
Garrett’s passion for mountain climbing began when he was in high school, and he and his dad decided they wanted to climb Mount Rainier. After preparing for the climb, Garrett realized he wanted to continue to learn more, so he enrolled in more mountaineering classes, and in college, he was hired as a Mount Rainier guide. While Garrett thought it would be a fun summer job, he then ended up making it into a career as a fulltime mountain guide expedition leader.
Garrett explains that his job comes with a number of different rewards, and that while the records he holds are great, his favorite parts of the job are simply getting to spend time in the mountains and helping others to achieve their bucket-list goals. He shares that the first time he made it to the summit of Everest, it was a really emotional experience and that helping other climbers reach that summit and sharing in that experience with them is both special and very rewarding.
As someone who people trust to lead them up mountains and navigate them through the difficulties of the journey, Garrett also talks to listeners about leadership. He shares with them an experience in which he and his team ended up getting stuck on Everest after an earthquake and how in experiences such as this, the most important actions a leader can take are: handle things moment by moment, look out for the people around you, and keep calm.
Finally, Garrett ends our talk today by encouraging those who are listening to follow their hearts. As someone who never had a roadmap for his own career, Garrett advises following your passion and believing that things will work themselves out from there. In addition to his work as a guide, he also then goes on to discuss his work as a film producer, writer, and his future goal of becoming a sailor.
To hear more about some of Garrett’s incredible expeditions, his favorite climbs, and how to prepare for your own climbing adventure or expedition, be sure to listen in to today’s episode!
What You’ll Learn in This Podcast Episode:
In this podcast episode, you’ll learn about the career and amazing feats of mountain climber and guide, Garrett Madison, as well as hear his advice regarding leadership and following one’s passion.
Check out Garrett’s website at: https://madisonmountaineering.com/
Follow Garrett on Instagram @garrettmadison1
Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places w/ Carolyn Spector
On today’s episode, I welcome Carolyn Spector, the President and Chief Operating Officer of JUHI LLC, a company which offers healthcare services with a specialization in Eastern medicine. Carolyn shares with listeners her career journey and how her path has taken her from criminal law, to work with a variety of nonprofits, to her current position. Carolyn also shares her experiences with tragedy, offering listeners encouraging words for how to persevere through even the most difficult of times.
Carolyn begins our conversation today by talking about her background in criminal law and how she was instrumental in creating one of the first ever sexual assault and sexual violence units back in the 80’s. She explains that as she began to develop more and more empathy for the victims of domestic violence crimes, she grew more passionate about finding ways to make a difference in the lives of others.
Because of Carolyn’s passion, she eventually was led to New York, where she began work with Safe Horizon, which continues to serve as the nation's leading victim assistance organization. From her experience working with Safe Horizon, Carolyn then went on to develop her own nonprofit: Walk to End Domestic Violence. While her work with this project only lasted a couple years due to the impact 9/11 had on New York, it was not the last of Carolyn’s involvement with nonprofits. After moving to Long Island, she then became the executive director for Mission Restore, a nonprofit whose goal was to train surgeons in foreign war-torn countries to be proficient in reconstructive surgery. In 2012, she was then hired as a director at the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, which is a nonprofit that has since become known as myFace.
While Carolyn enjoyed her work at myFace, she then shares with listeners that unfortunately in 2013 her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer, and it became necessary for her to find a way to support her family while staying home and serving as his caretaker. In order to do so, she began her own consulting business. Carolyn then shares that soon after her husband passed away, she unexpectedly lost her mother and felt herself hit bottom. She describes the experience as being in hell and opens up about how she had no idea how to escape it. Eventually, this is what led her to Juhi Singh, who helped to heal her and whose relationship eventually led to her current position at JUHI LLC.
Pulling from her personal experiences with tragedy, Carolyn offers listeners advice on how to push through difficult times even when things seem darkest. She shares her belief that “good things always come from bad things” and encourages those who are struggling to reach out to someone they trust for help. To hear more of Carolyn’s advice or learn more about her career path, be sure to check out today’s episode!
What You’ll Learn in This Podcast Episode:
On today’s episode, you’ll learn about Carolyn Spector’s career, her work with JUHI LLC, and her past involvement with a number of nonprofits. She also offers listeners encouraging words on how to make it through tragedy.
To learn more about the Juhi Ash Center and schedule an appointment, check out the company’s website at: https://www.juhi.center/
Learn more about Carolyn’s work experience by checking out her profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynspector/
To learn more about Safe Horizon, check out the organization’s website: https://www.safehorizon.org/
To learn more about Mission Restore, check out the organization’s website: https://missionrestore.org/
To learn more about myFace, check out the organization’s website: https://www.myface.org/
Racing to the Finish Line with F1’s Will Buxton
Today, I welcome to the show Will Buxton, an award-winning sports broadcaster, writer, voice-over artist, and commentator but whom you may know best from Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive series. Together, Will and I talk about how his love for F1 racing has driven his career, his favorite parts of the job, the necessity of surrounding yourself with positivity and people who support you, and the importance of authenticity.
Will begins our conversation today by talking about how his love for F1 racing began and how from the age of 13, he knew he wanted to grow up to write about the sport. He then discusses his path towards obtaining such a career, admitting that instead of journalism, he studied politics in school, which helped him to develop his research and argumentation skills as well as discover his own voice. Upon graduating, he then sent his thesis to an F1 magazine, was later offered a job, and thus began his dream career. While Will notes that his passion has always driven him, he also warns listeners that you can’t rely on passion alone for success but instead must be willing to put in the work.
Will and I then move on to talking about his favorite part of his job as a journalist. He shares that his favorite moments are often when he’s able to talk to drivers for longer than five minutes about something that’s not about racing. He explains that in those moments, you really come to see the human that’s underneath what’s often an athletic mask or persona and how when you give someone room to open up about what’s going on in their lives, it can lead to powerful and meaningful conversations.
Lastly, Will and I shift to discussing career advice. He stresses the importance of recognizing your own worth when deciding whether or not to accept a position and how this often comes with maturity and experience. He also encourages listeners to surround themselves with mentors and those voices that ignite within them the drive to be better. From here, Will segues into talking about the benefits and dangers of social media and the ways it can both help and hurt one’s career. Finally, Will shares the ways Covid-19 has impacted his career as well as led him to think more deeply about what it is he’s truly looking for out of life.
To hear more of Will’s career advice, about the future of the Drive to Survive series, and his thoughts on the 2021 F1 racing season, be sure to listen in!
What You’ll Learn in This Podcast Episode:
In today’s episode, Will offers advice on how to turn your passion into a career, gives listeners insights into his Netflix series and the drivers behind the camera, and talks about the importance of mentors, authenticity, and social media when it comes to standing out in a journalistic career field.
Follow Will on social media @wbuxtonofficial
Check out Will’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WillBuxtonOfficial/featured
Check out Will’s book, My Greatest Defeat: Stories of Hardship and Hope from Motor Racing's Finest Heroes: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-greatest-defeat-will-buxton/1130041074
(In)Visible Portraits: A conversation with Mike Meyer
Today I’m joined by Mike Meyer who serves as Head of Global Sales and Trading at Seaport Global. While the two of us touch upon business, however, the focus of our conversation today is on Mike’s passion project, a documentary called (In)Visible Portraits that is dedicated to celebrating American black women in the past and present while looking with hope towards the future. Mike shares with listeners his inspiration for the project, how it came to be made, and the impact he hopes it will have on its audience.
Mike describes (In)Visible Portraits as a “love-letter to black women,” explaining that the idea for the project came to him after watching Isiah Thomas’s Hall of Fame induction speech, where he became overwhelmed with emotion as he addressed his mother and talked about the incredible influence she had on his life. Watching Thomas’s speech stuck with Mike, and he realized that women like Mary Thomas are some of the most important Americans who get up and face challenges every day but never receive the recognition they deserve. Because of this, Mike’s project began as a celebration of black mothers.
While (In)Visible Portraits was first released on Juneteenth 2020, Mike explains that the project took over ten years to come into fruition. He talks about the difficulty of finding a director for the film until a mutual friend introduced him to filmmaker Oge Egbuonu, who took on the project. While the film wasn’t set to be released until later in 2020, the team decided it best to release it on Juneteenth after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor brought revived awareness to the racial tensions and injustices still alive in the United States. As Mike shares, his hope for the film is that it will bring both emotion and an awareness to its audience that will then make its way through society. He hopes for the film to one day become a part of the education system and taught at all levels.
Listen in to learn more about Mike’s influences, his next initiative for fighting against racial inequality, and the film’s development, and be sure to tune in on March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT as (In)Visible Portraits premieres on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
What You’ll Learn in This Podcast Episode:
On today’s episode, you’ll learn about (In)Visible Portraits, a documentary dedicated to celebrating American black women in the past and present while looking with hope towards the future. In addition to learning about the documentary itself, you’ll also learn from executive producer Mike Meyer about what inspired the film and how it got made.
To learn more about (In)Visible Portraits and watch its trailer, check out the documentary’s website at: https://www.invisibleportraits.com/
Love plugging into these personalities to hear their own voices and life lessons so when I unplug, I can listen to my own calling to my greatest version of myself too! Namaste!
Heather pulls fantastic insight from a wide range of business moguls, artists, athletes and philanthropists. Highly recommend giving it a listen! Thanks Heather 🙏
I really enjoy Heather’s guests and learn so much from each interview. Heather has a great way of getting her guests to open up.