98 episodes

No Straight Path aims to humanize success from the Millennial perspective. The world often sees the shiny resumes, highlights shared on social media, and job titles associated with a person's LinkedIn profile. We rarely see the story behind it. And when we do, it's often in a memoir towards the end of someone's journey. The podcast aims to delve into the story behind the success with a closer to real-time approach. Because the podcast focuses on the Millennial perspective, many guests are mid-journey. We are capturing a snapshot of the work they've done thus far, while also discussing their hopes and dreams for the future. I'll speak with various guests about their definitions of success and how they overcame setbacks, navigated pivots, and found purpose. No one has a straight path in life. There are lots of twists and turns, which often leads to growth, understanding, and wisdom. My hope is that listeners leave the conversation inspired and with a more nuanced perspective of success.

No Straight Path Ashley Menzies Babatunde - Storyteller & Attorney

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 92 Ratings

No Straight Path aims to humanize success from the Millennial perspective. The world often sees the shiny resumes, highlights shared on social media, and job titles associated with a person's LinkedIn profile. We rarely see the story behind it. And when we do, it's often in a memoir towards the end of someone's journey. The podcast aims to delve into the story behind the success with a closer to real-time approach. Because the podcast focuses on the Millennial perspective, many guests are mid-journey. We are capturing a snapshot of the work they've done thus far, while also discussing their hopes and dreams for the future. I'll speak with various guests about their definitions of success and how they overcame setbacks, navigated pivots, and found purpose. No one has a straight path in life. There are lots of twists and turns, which often leads to growth, understanding, and wisdom. My hope is that listeners leave the conversation inspired and with a more nuanced perspective of success.

    Relentlessly Chasing Your Dreams with Thomas Russell

    Relentlessly Chasing Your Dreams with Thomas Russell

    Join us for a thoughtful conversation with entertainment attorney, Thomas Russell. Thomas’ story is all about grit. It’s about resilience. It’s about dreaming. It’s about chasing your dreams relentlessly.
    Thomas Russell III is Corporate Counsel at Amazon Music where he advises the tech-giant on its livestreaming, video-on-demand and sponsorship efforts. Thomas was recognized by Variety as one of the Top In-House Entertainment Attorneys for 2023.
    Thomas is also committed to championing issues for the BIPOC community. Prior to joining Amazon Music, Thomas represented Post 21, a black-owned online marketplace, in its deal with Disney making it the first black-owned operating partner in Downtown Disney.
    He went to Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and Howard University for law school. When he’s not working, you can find him spending quality time with his wife (Ashley) and two sons (Thomas IV and Carter).
    Tune in for another inspiring conversation! 
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Thomas Russell on LinkedIn
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on Instagram
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on LinkedIn
    Hubspot Podcast Network
    Sign Up for Ashley's Newsletter
    Ashley's Substack
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    • 47 min
    The Setback Cycle with Amy Shoenthal

    The Setback Cycle with Amy Shoenthal

    Join us for a fascinating conversation with USA Today bestselling author, journalist, and marketing consultant, Amy Shoenthal. Blending her marketing expertise with her formal journalism training, Amy approaches storytelling as sense making. As a top contributor to ForbesWomen and Harvard Business Review, she shines the spotlight on those who have been historically underestimated yet are doing the work to solve society's biggest problems.
    Years of interviewing hundreds of leaders from politicians to Peloton instructors, fashion icons to founders just starting their journeys inspired her bestselling book, The Setback Cycle, which offers a framework to help people persevere through and triumph over setbacks.
    Tune in for another inspiring conversation! 
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Amy Shoenthal
    Amy Shoenthal on LinkedIn
    Amy Shoenthal on Instagram
    The Setback Cycle
    Thank you for Saying No Podcast
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on Instagram
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on LinkedIn
    Hubspot Podcast Network
    Sign Up for Ashley's Newsletter
    Ashley's Substack
    Rate & Review:
    If you enjoy listening to No Straight Path, please make sure you write a review and rate the show. It helps other listeners find the podcast. You can rate and review the show here. Thank you! 

    • 32 min
    Turning Your Passions Into Your Professions with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami (Part 2)

    Turning Your Passions Into Your Professions with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami (Part 2)

    Join us for a thought-provoking two-part conversation with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami as we celebrate the two-year anniversary of No Straight Path. Feranmi embodies all of the things that No Straight Path represents–honesty, vulnerability, compassion, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, a commitment to excellence, resilience, purpose, and faith. We delve into his fascinating life and career journey. He is a speaker, advocate, and physician leader dedicated to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion and inspired by the belief that disability does not mean inability. He is currently the director of Student Accessibility & Accommodation Services at the University of Michigan.
    Tune in for another inspiring conversation! 
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dr. Feranmi Okanlami
    Dr. Feranmi Okanlami on LinkedIn
    Dr. Feranmi Okanlami on Instagram
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on Instagram
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on LinkedIn
    Hubspot Podcast Network
    Sign Up for Ashley's Newsletter
    Ashley's Substack
    Rate & Review:
    If you enjoy listening to No Straight Path, please make sure you write a review and rate the show. It helps other listeners find the podcast. You can rate and review the show here. Thank you! 

    • 45 min
    Turning Your Passions into Your Professions with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami (Part 1)

    Turning Your Passions into Your Professions with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami (Part 1)

    Join us for a thought-provoking two-part conversation with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami as we celebrate the two-year anniversary of No Straight Path. Feranmi embodies all of the things that No Straight Path represents–honesty, vulnerability, compassion, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, a commitment to excellence, resilience, purpose, and faith. We delve into his fascinating life and career journey. He is a speaker, advocate, and physician leader dedicated to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion and inspired by the belief that disability does not mean inability. He is currently the director of Student Accessibility & Accommodation Services at the University of Michigan.
    Tune in for another inspiring conversation! 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dr. Feranmi Okanlami
    Dr. Feranmi Okanlami on LinkedIn
    Dr. Feranmi Okanlami on Instagram
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on Instagram
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on LinkedIn
    Hubspot Podcast Network
    Sign Up for Ashley's Newsletter
    Ashley's Substack
    Rate & Review:
    If you enjoy listening to No Straight Path, please make sure you write a review and rate the show. It helps other listeners find the podcast. You can rate and review the show here. Thank you! 

    • 44 min
    Understanding Your Career Journey through Behavioral Psychology with Phill Agnew

    Understanding Your Career Journey through Behavioral Psychology with Phill Agnew

    Join us for an insightful episode with Phill Agnew, host of Nudge, the UK’s #1 marketing podcast. On his show he interviews experts in psychology and behavioral science to try to better understand how humans make decisions. He has spent over a decade in senior marketing roles at Buffer, Hotjar, and Brandwatch, where he helped launch products in social media, website analytics and AI.  
    Today, we learn about his career journey, decision-making processes, and ability to redefine his journey despite labels that were placed on him as a child. Phill also opens up about his purpose in life and career, which he admits is often hard for him to do as Brit. Tune in for an insightful and inspiring conversation! 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Phill Agnew
    Phill Agnew on LinkedIn
    Nudge Podcast
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on Instagram
    Hubspot Podcast Network

    Sign Up for Ashley's Newsletter
    Ashley's Substack

    Rate & Review:
    If you enjoy listening to No Straight Path, please make sure you write a review and rate the show. It helps other listeners find the podcast. You can rate and review the show here. Thank you! 

    • 39 min
    Vulnerable Storytelling & Content Creation with Jourdan Guyton

    Vulnerable Storytelling & Content Creation with Jourdan Guyton

    Join us for a a thoughtful conversation with CEO of Vera Jean Media, Jourdan Guyton! She is a visionary entrepreneur with a decade-long immersion in the entertainment industry. Leveraging experience with giants like Meta, Teachable, and Blavity, Jourdan founded Vera Jean Media to empower heart-centered entrepreneurs through authentic social media strategies. Achieving rapid six-figure growth within a year, Vera Jean Media, named after Jourdan's grandmother, stands for compassion, kindness, and innovation. This media powerhouse aims to amplify voices, foster connections, and make a positive impact in the digital landscape, guided by a mission to empower individuals to thrive authentically in the ever-evolving world of social media.
    Ashley and Jourdan talk career, grief, marriage, dreams, and so much more. Tune in for another inspiring conversation!
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Jourdan Guyton
    Vera Jean Media
    Jourdan Guyton on Instagram
    Jourdan Guyton on LinkedIn
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde
    Ashley Menzies Babatunde on Instagram
    Hubspot Podcast Network

    Sign Up for Ashley's Newsletter
    Ashley's Substack

    Rate & Review:
    If you enjoy listening to No Straight Path, please make sure you write a review and rate the show. It helps other listeners find the podcast. You can rate and review the show here. Thank you! 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

hivictoriam ,

Showing the actual path

I’ve often felt alone as someone who became an organizational leader so young. People always had their commentary. It’s refreshing to hear the real journeys of other “impressive” people my age. Ashley’s got a great interviewing style that keeps the conversations dynamic and interesting. Thanks for making the show! -Victoria

Jourdi07 ,

A Must Listen

Such a fan of this show. Ashley’s guests in addition to the way she interviews in such an authentic way is such a breath of fresh air in the podcasting space. The stories are truly a testimony of how beautiful the journey gets to be!

BRH26 ,

The podcast I needed

As a fellow attorney, I discovered this podcast at the height of burnout and have been listening ever since. Ashley, you are truly a treasure and I thoroughly enjoy listening to each episode. You’ve helped me to feel seen but also have hope. Thank you!

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