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Hosted by Dr. Kate Lund, The Optimized Mind explores how we can define our own unique context, build resilience and maximize potential through engaging with today's top thought leaders in the business and personal development space. Learn more at: https://missionmatters.com/author/kate-lund/

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Hosted by Dr. Kate Lund, The Optimized Mind explores how we can define our own unique context, build resilience and maximize potential through engaging with today's top thought leaders in the business and personal development space. Learn more at: https://missionmatters.com/author/kate-lund/

    Creating Successful Internships with Robert Khoury

    Creating Successful Internships with Robert Khoury

    In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Robert Khoury, a successful business leader and author who has worked across domains. The discussion focuses on Robert’s recently released book Intern Management: Principles for Designing an Exceptional Internship and his approach for helping interns to thrive. A central theme which emerges through this thought-provoking discussion includes – Building successful internships and how these experiences foster potential and a sense of self belief and direction. Robert clearly outlines nine principles of a successful internship as part of the discussion, noting that dignity and an ability to connect with interns on a human level is at the core of his philosophy. 


    Robert Khoury is co-founder and CEO of Agile Rainmakers, a high impact business development advisory and consulting firm based in Chicago. His 20+ year career in the financial industry has seen him in many roles – an equity derivatives trader, portfolio manager, corporate strategist, chief operating officer, recruiter, hedge fund executive and private equity investor. Rob earned a BSE in electrical engineering at Princeton University and his MBA in finance and international business from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He takes great pleasure in supporting both Princeton and Duke. He is past president of Chicago’s Princeton Club and has won awards from both universities for his service. He is also a very active fundraiser for Providence Country Day School, the high school he attended in Rhode Island where Rob was born and raised. Rob led personal and professional development seminars for Landmark Worldwide for several years. He enjoys volunteering, philanthropy and family vacations and lives with his wife Mary, a freshwater ecologist and his two children in Chicago.  


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    • 42 min
    Living an Authentic Life with Wendy Cole

    Living an Authentic Life with Wendy Cole

    In this episode of the Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with transition mentor Wendy Cole. The discussion focuses on Wendy’s realization at an early age that she was in fact a girl. Wendy describes in depth the evolution of this early. Knowing and what it has meant to her for over 40 years until she started her own transition. Wendy speaks eloquently about the power of living an authentic life throughout this powerful conversation. 


    As a Transition Mentor, Wendy Cole helps her clients identify, explore, and eliminate the stress of facing life’s changes. Since 2017, Wendy has guided others to learn to embrace change. Her life experiences are the tools she uses. She believes in the mind’s powers; she practices mindfulness, shifting her beliefs and energy to support herself going forward, making profound changes in her life, health, and finding joy in being.


    This is the starting point of every Transitional Change. You KNOW who you truly are, in every aspect. But the outside is what matters. That is what people see. And taking that first transitional step is TERRIFYING. It’s the stress. Stress of the journey, stress of the mental weight, stress of worrying about the outside world. The physical transitional change is the easiest part. It’s getting through the mental aspects that hold us back. Applies to everyone...


    Knowing from childhood she was a girl, Wendy yielded to familial and societal expectations to fit in. At age 67, Wendy changed her life with her transition. Beginning in January 2015 she focused internally: accepting who she really was, confronting fears, doubts, and anxieties that held her back for decades. She took the leap of faith to find freedom and joy in being herself. By July 2015, Wendy was living as a woman. She had her long-awaited surgery at NYU Medical in 2017. Wendy knows by focusing inwardly to find freedom and joy will benefit the rest of your life.


    To connect with Wendy: https://MeetWendyCole.com
    Website: https://wendycolegtm.net
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wcole212/@wcole212
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wendycolegtm
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@wendycole8326
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-cole-gtm/


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    • 28 min
    Steps Along The Way with Dr. Jonathan Marion

    Steps Along The Way with Dr. Jonathan Marion

    In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Dr. Jonathan Marion, coach, consultant, and speaker. The discussion focuses on Dr. Marion’s unique coaching model and how this aspect of his life and career have evolved over time. Dr. Marion shares the importance of knowing who we want to be in the world at any given moment and knowing where we are starting from as both inform our ability to change. Dr. Kate and Dr. Marion take a deep dive into the “how” of moving forward through exploration of what has worked in the past and applying those lessons. Dr. Marion also highlights the power of “why” and the importance of flexibility in thinking in seeking change.


    Dr. Jonathan Marion believes that when we LIVE, CONNECT, & COMMUNICATE authentically, we send out ripples… which send out ripples… which make the world a more caring and connected place, one ripple at a time. Having seen this dynamic over 20+ years as an award-winning cultural anthropology professor and author, Jonathan feels that how we show up is the key to living deeply meaningful and fulfilling lives, and now works as a transformational life coach to be a catalyst for exactly such transformations.


    As a coach, consultant, and speaker, Jonathan draws on decades of experience teaching diverse audiences and is trained in Emotional Intelligence, Group Coaching, Positive Psychology Coaching, Clear Beliefs Coaching, and Body-oriented Coaching. Overlapping his coaching and academic work in powerful and unexpected ways, Jonathan is also passionate about and has worked as a photographer and partnered dance instructor, now primarily focusing on Brazilian zouk.


    Bringing all of this together, Jonathan is passionate about supporting clients and audiences in transcending external accomplishments as measures of success to live truly aligned, rewarding, and meaningful lives.


    To Learn more about Dr.Jonathan, visit:
    www.stepsalongtheway.global


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    • 46 min
    Fix Your Reflection First with Rhonda Farrah

    Fix Your Reflection First with Rhonda Farrah

    In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Rhonda Farrah, a lifestyle empowerment coach. The discussion focuses on the importance of fixing your own reflection first. Rhonda shares her approach for helping people change from the inside out and find opportunity in challenge, no matter how big or small. Central themes which emerge throughout include -- the power of surrender; finding gifts and blessings in challenge; taking responsibility for your choices; the reasons why we need to fix our reflection first and the powerful impact this has. Finally, Rhonda shares a powerful formula for living an empowered life. 

    In more than 25 years as a practicing Educational Counselor and Psychotherapist, Rhonda M. Farrah, MA, DRWA has consulted with clients and companies in a variety of industries and environments. Rhonda has applied her experience and education as a coach, author, speaker, and teacher specializing in Health and Wellness Empowerment in all aspects of Life.
    As a speaker, Rhonda has proved to be a highly articulate and effective communicator, recognized for her creativity; and a visionary who sees “the big picture”. Her imaginative flair has served others, and earned her recognition as a resource person, problem solver, and creative leader. Rhonda is blessed in that she excels in developing and presenting seminars and classes based on a balanced lifestyle; all including her key areas of experience ranging from Human Dynamics & Development, Motivation, to Spiritual Awareness & Development.

    As a practicing LIFEstyle Empowerment Coach, Rhonda assists individuals in Empowering themselves, as well as those that surround them, thus actualizing their health and wellness goals and objectives on both personal and professional levels. Rhonda has a demonstrated talent for motivating, encouraging, and leading individuals in a positive direction for betterment and Empowerment. Rhonda’s creative endeavors are dedicated to individual Empowerment and the conscious evolution of humankind, that we may align perfectly with our Creator, fulfilling our purpose while enjoying its process…All culminating in a Collective Consciousness for the Highest and Best GOOD of ALL concerned!

    To learn more about Rhonda, visit:
    www.helpmerhondanow.com

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    • 57 min
    Let Yourself Off The Hook with Liam Naden

    Let Yourself Off The Hook with Liam Naden

    In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Liam Naden, transformative teacher, speaker, and author. The discussion focuses on Liam’s self-developed coaching model which helped him to rebuild his life after losing everything. Themes which emerge throughout the discussion include understanding how the brain works, and using each part of the brain as it was designed, the power of letting go of resistance in trying to solve problems; focusing on what is; an explanation of the four-part brain rebalancing model developed by Liam and the power of the creative brain.


    “If you really want to succeed in your life you have to Let Yourself Off the Hook!
    Stop trying to solve your problems, achieve your goals and manage your life through force and struggle. 


    This is the message of Liam Naden, a transformative teacher, speaker, and author who helps successful people overcome their negative limitations and find fast and practical solutions to their problems. He guides them in resetting their brain and thinking creatively instead of getting stuck in their fear-based fight-or-flight mode.


    Using a unique science-based method to reset and realign the brain, Liam shows you how to unlock your natural creativity and problem-solving ability,
    enabling you to discover and live a truly rewarding and fulfilling life.


    Liam’s only journey has taken him from the successes of being a serial entrepreneur as owner of more than 18 businesses and multi-millionaire - to losing everything and becoming homeless in his mid 40s. It was only as he rebuilt his life and wealth in a much more satisfying way that he realized the missing link to true success: the correct functioning of the human brain.


    He is now the host of the Let Yourself Off the Hook podcast, a best-selling author and creator of Brain Rebalancing - a process which gets the four parts of the brain working they way they should - and bringing you the success you should have. 


    Through his coaching programs and guest appearances he now teaches individuals from around the world to understand that there’s a more natural way to solve problems in all areas of life. It aligns with the brain’s ability to find creative solutions to challenges rather than attempting to fight against them. When you adopt this mindset, you achieve true and lasting success much more quickly and without the limitations of struggle and stress.


    As Liam will show you, “True success only happens when you give up the struggle and Let Yourself Off the Hook!”.


    To learn more about Liam,visit:
    www.liamnaden.com


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    • 55 min
    An Athlete's Journey with Nick Karwoski

    An Athlete's Journey with Nick Karwoski

    In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Nick Karwoski, an entrepreneur and former professional athlete. The discussion focuses on Nick’s inspiring story which emphasizes how he evolved as a professional athlete over time. Key themes which emerge throughout this powerful discussion include – mindset and performance, overcoming challenge and moving through set-backs, maximizing potential in sport and in life, Life, connecting with others through fitness and lessons in entrepreneurship.   


    Nick Karwoski is an entrepreneur and former professional athlete. As a 3x All American Track and Field athlete at Dickinson College in the Steeplechase and 5000m, he helped lead his team to their first ever Triple Crown title (XC, Indoor, Outdoor T+F) before going to work at NBC and receiving $300K from Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank. After that venture, he decided to give his athletic career another attempt and became the 9th ranked American Triathlete in 2016. After failing to qualify for Rio, Nick came up with the idea of Tagalong, a platform for amateur athletes to work with professional athletes who share their skills and expertise. From there, Nick joined Hydrow in 2018 as an early employee  and an on screen athlete, leading on water workouts. After 5+ years building Hydrow, Nick left to continue building Tagalong and other ventures. 


    To learn more about Nick, visit:
    @Tagalongwithapro
    @nickkarwoski


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    • 55 min

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Dr. Kate is an expert at unlocking our mind’s potential to help up live our best lives. She is kind yet firm, gentle, caring and supportive. She asks honest questions of her guests on these episodes, so as to gather and share tools to help us enjoy life and work though challenges effectively. She has a ton of experience working not only with patients but with peers in her field, and she is very creative in ways she can utilize guests on her show to enhance her value. I appreciate being invited to share my own expertise in this casual setting to explore the science and art of working with people. Dr. Kate is a gem.

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