Welcome to The Extra Mile, the official Charity Miles podcast where each week we interview people who are going the extra mile for health and to make an impact. Each interview is conducted outdoors on a walk or run with our guest. And we invite you to turn on your Charity Miles and come along for the walk or run with us.
Tammy Tibbetts, Co-Founder and CEO of She's The First
Tammy Tibbetts is Co-Founder & CEO of She’s the First, a global nonprofit that teams up with local organizations to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard. Today, She’s the First supports more than 9,500 girls in 11 countries and 200+ student advocacy chapters.
Last month, Tammy and STF co-founder Christen Brandt, published published theri first book, Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In.
The book shares stories and interactive activities to help you find your focus, identify partners, and plug into movements for long-term, systemic change.
Tammy has been recognized for her leadership and global impact by Forbes 30 Under 30, Time 30 Under 30 World Changers, and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. She received a 2013 DVF Award from Diane von Furstenberg.
On a personal note, I've long admired Tammy. She radiates energy and compassion that never fails to light a fire under me.
>> Click here to learn more about She's The First.
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>> Click here to check out the Impact book.
BJ Fogg: How (And Why) To Create Tiny Habits
If you're looking to create new (and healthy) habits, BJ Fogg is the guy you want to speak with.
BJ is a behavior scientist that leads the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University.
His students have gone on to become some of the top innovators and venture capitalists in the world. For example, they invent things that rhyme with "Shminstagram".
In 2002, he published a book, Persuasive Technology, that is the cornerstone primer for anyone creating a product to influence behavior.
In 2007, he developed the "Fogg Behavior Model" which is the deceptively simple framework for analyzing and designing behavior.
He has coached over 40,000 people on behavior and habit formation.
His latest book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, is a New York Times Bestseller.
On a personal note, BJ has been a huge influence on me, both with respect to how I think about Charity Miles, and in my own life.
With everyone thinking about their New Year's Resolutions, I could not think of a better guest to have on the podcast.
I am so honored that he took the time to share just a bit of his wisdom with us.
Mr. Demaio: How To Keep Kids Engaged In The Classroom... And On YouTube
Fanboy alert: Today's guest, Mr. Demaio, is the biggest celebrity in my household.
He's a teacher in Union Beach New Jersey, and one of the most popular educators on YouTube. Here's a link to his channel.
He makes hilarious YouTube videos on topics such as the planets, black holes, Alexander Hamilton, snakes, earthquakes, the Titanic, multiplication tables and more.
It's like if Khan Academy was funny, with weird puppets-- or as he noted, Mr. Rogers meets the Chapelle Show.
While his videos are funny, their impact is no joke.
Which is why he gets over 2 million views per month. And if you type in "Mr." into YouTube, he's one of the first things that comes up.
My wife and I first learned of Mr. Demaio when our four year-old son, Max, somehow stumbled upon him while scrolling through my wife's iPad.
He'd start talking about Mr. Demaio and his puppets, Andy and Steve.
More impressively, he'd start educating us about outer space. He was literally teaching us new things that he learned from Mr. Demaio's videos-- like the names of the dwarf planets, and how black holes work.
Like most four year-olds, Max isn't that interested in Zoom school. But he LOVES Mr. Demaio. He's been learning a lot. (His new real school teachers are very impressed!) And he's been developing a great sense of humor too.
Most importantly, what really comes through Mr. Demaio's videos is how much he truly cares for kids. He wants them to feel nurtured and cared for. He wants them to develop an interest in learning.
With so many families trying to keep their kids engaged in "blended" or "virtual" learning, I thought it would be great to share some of Mr. Demaio's insights.
Huge thanks to Mr. Demaio for taking the time to chat with us, and for all he's doing to educate, inspire and care for kids!
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema - Practicing Radical Empathy
This is actually a re-release of the first podcast I ever recorded-- almost four years ago, just after Donald Trump's inauguration.
We now find ourselves a few days away from another Presidential election. In the midst of COVID. Very divided and on edge.
THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL PODCAST.
However, Kyrsten's is a voice we need to hear right now.
She is one of the most bi-partisan members of the Senate and Congress generally.
She has a tremendous record of working across the aisle and finding common ground with others that might otherwise seem diametrically opposed to her.
She does this by practicing "radical empathy", which is something I think would benefit all of us.
One of the things I love most about the Charity Miles community is how we have people from all across the political spectrum, every day putting in miles for the same causes.
This means we share common values.
If we are to heal as a nation, we need to focus on these shared values and practice a lot more radical empathy.
One more note... at the time I recorded this podcast, as you'll hear, Kyrsten was working on breaking a 4-hour marathon.
This February, just before COVID, I ran the Phoenix-Mesa Marathon with her. She dropped me at mile 20 and finished in 3:21. Smokin!
Edith Zuschmann, Co-Founder of 261 Fearless
Edith Zuschmann is the CEO and Co-Founder of 261 Fearless, an organization she started with Kathrine Switzer, most famously known as the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon.
261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women. They break down the barriers of geography and create a global community for women runners of all abilities to support, encourage, and inspire each other towards a positive sense of self and fearlessness.
A nationally ranked swimmer-turned-distance runner in her native Austria, Edith drives the passion to support women globally to find the joy and power in being active.
She is a nationally certified athletic and running coach focusing on young athletes and women and continues also as a lecturer of sports marketing at the University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, where she also received her master’s degree in business consultancy and leadership.
Rocco Lungariello - What is culture?
Rocco Lungariello is the host and producer of the podcast, What Is Culture, a candid, interview-style podcast that explores workplace culture within Tangoe, an IT Lifecycle Management company.
Just to highlight that: Tangoe is not a culture or HR company. Like I said, they're an IT Lifecycle Management company.
But their company culture is so important to them that they created their own podcast about it. And it's not an internal podcast either. It's open to the public.
Tangoe is one of our newest partners for our Employee Empowerment program. So when I learned that they had their own podcast exploring company culture, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see what we can learn from them on the subject.
Especially at this moment when so many of us are working from home, trying to balance the demands of family and work in a time of great uncertainty.
As challenging as these times are, they've given us all an opportunity to define our company and community cultures. And they've shown us why creating a culture of empathy is important-- and has been important all along.
Big thanks to Rocco for taking the time to walk and share so much with us. And big thanks to Tangoe for their support!
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