Jason LeVasseur interviews Speakers, Teachers, Students, Health Experts, and Higher Education Professionals as he searches for new and better ways to build connections, create community, and stay healthy as a parent, camp counselor, teacher, performer, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and pet owner! At the heart of the conversations, Jason is looking for ideas and best practices for self-improvement on his own personal and leadership development journey. He invites you to join the adventure towards a happier, healthier, and more balanced life. Come have a laugh with Jason as the “Inspired Interviews” catalogue continues to grow!
Paul Miller & Dawn Daria- Rethinking Your Relationship with “Dropping the Ball”
Paul Miller is an International Speaker and Variety Artist and Dawn Daria is the Chief Education Officer at Flow Circus, the leadership development and training company that they started together in 1999. In this interview Jason learns about why it’s important to “drop the ball”, to wipe away preconceived notions of success, and to always believe in the idea of “I can from where I am”.
Ben Williams - Enhancing The Student Experience With Sponsorship Programs
In this interview Ben shares creative ways to fund orientation and activities programs and explains the importance in understanding "the foundation" of sponsorship programs. Ben also explains the benefits of building and maintaining relationships with people who say "NO", as they may eventually become your most generous of supporters. At the core of Ben's sponsorship programs is the desire to find a way to "enhance the student experience" by getting "more money to do cool stuff"!
Katy Hurst - Breathing In & Tuning In To Your Body
In this interview Katy helps Jason gain perspective on the way he has reacted to the 2020 tornado that went through his neighborhood. She teaches him helpful breathing techniques and provides helpful resources. Katy met Jason when he was presenting at a poetry festival at her high school in Virginia. Yes, that’s right, Katy’s high school!
Justin Camputaro, PhD - Executive Director’s Lessons from The Rodeo
Justin Camputaro, PhD is the Executive Director of the Husky Union Building at The University of Washington in “Sunny Seattle”.
In this interview we confirm that it's not always sunny in Seattle, but Justin explains how to create a sunny work environment by exemplifying genuine “people-centric” practices in your leadership.
Seth Vander Tuig- Collaborative Events Creates Connection & Community of Colleagues
In this interview Seth explains how he reached out across the state of Iowa and helped create a "community of colleagues". In short, 18 campuses came together this past school year to coordinate 142 virtual events! And, it was all inspired by a question from his young daughter. "What are your friends doing?" Seth explains how it went from "cold-calls" to friendships and a year of learning and shared experiences.
Sammie Walker Herrera- Lessons from a "Linkedin Nerd" - Where You Look Is Where You Go!
In this interview Sammie shares some great "nuggets of knowledge" about how higher education professionals and everyone can get the best out of Linkedin - from "lazy content" awareness, to asking for recommendations, to "digital role modeling", and building a network of authentic connections. This is a fun interview that starts with Sammie's story of crashing (spilling) her scooter, her broken glasses, and how the experience has inspired her to always carry an extra pair of oversized jeans.