The Virtuous Heroes Podcast’s mission is to inspire people who feel disheartened with the lack of virtue in business by sharing authentic testimonials from values-driven executives so you feel motivated to continually pursue excellence and be your best self.
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Ep. 72 "Committing to Community" w/ Kevin Bolding
In this week’s episode, Chris speaks with Kevin Bolding, CEO & President of Central Florida YMCA, about the importance of community and the prominent role it has taken in Kevin’s life.Kevin started his journey at his local YMCA in Lynchburg, Virginia, exploring his passion for making a difference in his community. A few years after this, Kevin furthered his leadership journey at YMCA Detroit, Kevin wasn’t sure of his path but knew that community was something he wanted to focus on. At YMCA Detroit, he was able to garner plenty of experience and focus on his passions while also helping the Detroit community. While there, he was also able to fully see all the good that YMCA could do for communities.After many years of leading different YMCAs, Kevin believes that it is essential and part of our responsibility to contribute to the community that we are a part of to better the lives of everyone that lives there. He has continued to do this throughout his career by heading up different YMCAs across the country and serving whichever community he finds himself in.While the methods of the YMCA have changed and continue to change, Kevin stays focused on their overall goal of being a pillar of support for the community. Whether it is in Detroit or Central Florida, Kevin’s compassion for his workers and the community around him shines through in everything he does.More about our guest:Mr. Kevin Bolding is the President and CEO of the YMCA of Central Florida. Founded in 1885, the Y is one of the area’s largest nonprofits focused on strengthening communities across a six-county region. Through 14 Family Centers, multiple program locations and outreach services, online enrichment activities, 3 early-childhood learning centers, and 32 school site locations, the Y impacts the lives of over 200,000 Central Floridians each year.With nearly 30 years of service to the YMCA, Mr. Bolding has served YMCAs in Lynchburg, VA, Detroit, MI, Miami, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA before his move to Orlando in 2021. Most recently in Pittsburgh, Bolding occupied several senior leadership roles before being selected as President/CEO in May 2016.During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Mr. Bolding led the YMCA through an extensive restructuring of its assets to better position the organization to succeed. Through strategic agreements with affordable housing partners, repurposing YMCA community centers, and advocating for a “Y Without Walls” program outreach model, the Y was able to find innovative new ways to serve and support the Pittsburgh community.In Central Florida, Mr. Bolding is working collaboratively with local and regional investors to deepen the YMCA’s presence in the communities it serves. As Mr. Bolding states “When we work with and through our partners, the good work of the Y can be multiplied exponentially.”Mr. Bolding is active both regionally and nationally with the YMCA of the USA, serving most recently on the National Board of Directors. Locally, he serves on the Dr. Phillips, Inc. Board of Directors.Kevin is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Settling recently in Winter Garden, the Boldings are active supporters of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and are members of the Orlando chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.linkedin.com/in/klbolding/https://ymcacf.org/
Ep. 71 "Sharing Your Strength" w/ Sherman Gillums Jr.
In this week’s episode, Chris speaks with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Chief Strategy and Impact Officer and US Marine Veteran Sherman Gillums Jr. about his leadership journey. A humble man, Sherman attributes his success to the many people who helped him along the way and talks about how a leader’s success is a product of his follower’s beliefs. Sherman believes that a leader’s readiness is measured by their accountability for every aspect of their team’s well-being. As a leader, Sherman stresses the importance of making enough mistakes and learning from them to build trusting relationships with your team. Sherman and Chris recount the many “holes” they must overcome to get to their positions today. Furthermore, Sherman shares how it is important to align your experience with your mission and reflect the constituency of the people you are trying to serve. Through NAMI, Sherman has shared his story and strength with countless other veterans and propelled them through their difficulties. Through his relentless character and valiant journey, Sherman demonstrates that no obstacles can stop a determined leader, as long as they have a passion to change someone’s life and make a difference in their world. Additional Biography:Sherman Gillums Jr. is a retired U.S. Marine officer and former senior executive at Paralyzed Veterans of America and AMVETS, two of the largest congressionally chartered veterans service organizations in the country. For 17 years, he has fought to remove barriers to timely access to quality care and worked to reduce unemployment and suicide among the nation’s most vulnerable veterans, as well as military families and caregivers.He has testified on Capitol Hill, engaged the White House on a host of issues, and appeared on major networks such as CNN, NPR, and C-SPAN, and in national print media as an influential voice on policy and government accountability. He was selected by HillVets as among the 100 Most Influential Persons in 2016 and one of the Mighty 25 Military Influencers by “We Are The Mighty” in 2020.Sherman holds a graduate degree from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration and completed his executive education at Harvard Business School. Sherman enlisted in the Marines at age 17; twelve years later, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and while preparing to deploy to Afghanistan with the 1st Marine Division, he suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) in an automobile accident. At age 29, this recipient of two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a Global War on Terror Service Medal, was paralyzed and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. He turned to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), the advocacy organization founded by returning WWII service members with spinal cord injuries, for support in re-entering the job market after his SCI. Not only did he find a career he enjoys - and return to school for a master's degree - but, today Sherman is PVA's Associate Executive Director for Veterans Benefits, overseeing field services, vocational rehabilitation services, and architecture services.He reflects upon the extraordinary courage and determination he mustered on his path to recovery, being able to reach out for help and not only survive, but become that person who can extend a helping hand.https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherman-gillums-jr-8148231a9/https://nami.org/Home
Ep. 70 "The Gift of Presence" w/ Adrian Dixon
In this week’s episode, Chris speaks with Veteran Chaplain Adrian Dixon on his journey of becoming a spiritual leader as a Resident Chaplain at Duke Raleigh Hospital. While still in Divinity school, Adrian started working as a Staff Chaplain at Duke Raleigh Hospital providing pastoral services to patients.Through his diligent work, he slowly expanded the Chaplain program to include a new clinical pastoral program “Care For Eachother (CFE)”, a partnership with Duke University Hospital, and a team of five full-time chaplain residents and 8 to 10 interns to provide pastoral services. Adrian also shares two emotional stories that have resonated with him over his nearly 20 years with Duke.The first recounts a past patient’s recovery and recognizes the gift of presence and the effect his support meant to the patient. The other talks about a dying patient's last wishes and how Adrian handled and came to terms with his final requests. Through these stories, Adrian shows how by simply being present and providing support during times of need deep connections can be created between patients, doctors, friends, families, and teammates. Furthermore, drawing from his own journey through illness at a young age, Adrian urges listeners to never lose faith and let the “seed of fear” deter them from pursuing the life and goals they want.Through diligent work and unwavering faith in God, Adrian overcame his obstacles and is destined to help his followers and patients do the same.More About Our Guest:Adrian is an experienced Chaplain Services & education department administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in nonprofit management, public speaking, pastoral ministry, entrepreneurial organizations, and healthcare chaplaincy, Adrian has a strong education with a Doctor of Ministry focused in Ministry Development from Virginia Theological Seminary.Adrian is the Founding/Lead Pastor of Northside Community Church. He is also the full-time Director of Chaplain Services & Education at Duke Raleigh Hospital where he has worked since 2003. Adrian grew up in the Raleigh area and earned a bachelor's degree at Campbell University, an M.Div. at Duke University, and a D.Min. at Virginia Theological Seminary.Adrian is married to Shoshannah and together they have three children. He's a fan of the NC State Wolfpack and loves Cincinnati Reds baseball.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-dixon-31437a14/https://www.dukehealth.org/hospitals/duke-raleigh-hospital
Ep. 69 "Leading with Optimism" w/ Rebecca Holtdorf
In this weeks’ episode, Chris speaks with Rebecca Holtdorf, Director of Human Resources at Harnett Health and long-time healthcare enthusiast, about her path and journey to working in the healthcare industry. Drawing strength from her past experiences, and with the help of Cassie's Foundation, Rebecca devotes herself to making a conscious effort to provide adequate resources and help for families going through miscarriages, stillborns, and other forms of child loss.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rebecca took the initiative to administer thousands of free vaccines to patients, regardless of their backgrounds, and overcame language barriers, to protect her community. Inspired by the amazing stories of her community and front-line workers, she gives back by leading prayers with her patients and preserving faith in a turmoil time. Despite facing adversities and misfortunes, Rebecca remains optimistic and passionate about her work and the people around her.She believes that fear can be healthy because it makes you stronger and more resilient, and remembering the reward after conquering fear will propel you through any obstacles. Rebecca attributes her leadership philosophy to her parents, who work hard and sacrifice to provide for her. As a leader and as a mother, Rebecca strives to teach the same leadership philosophy to her children and her team. Watch the episode to learn more about Rebecca’s story.Watch the episode to learn more about Rebecca’s story.Additional Information:As the Director of Human Resources, Rebecca reported directly to the President of Harnett Health and led Auxiliary and Chaplain Services. She is responsible for policy development and implementation, compensation & benefits management, employee relations, recruitment, compliance, culture, employer brand, and diversity and inclusion.Before working as human resources director, she worked as a manager, where she is responsible for policy development and implementation, compensation & benefits management, employee relations, recruitment, compliance, and diversity and inclusion. Manages and oversees the various functions of the HR Department. She manages and oversees the various functions of the HR Department and develops and mentors my HR, auxiliary and pastoral care team members. She also monitors an annual budget and establishes and leads the standard recruiting and hiring practices and procedures necessary to recruit and hire a superior workforce.She conducts internal investigations and addresses employee complaints/grievances, and monitors and advises managers and supervisors in the progressive disciplinary process.Before joining Harnett Health, Rebecca spent 11 years working at Local Government Federal Credit Union as a Human Resources Manager. She is responsible for providing guidelines and managing human resources activities such as recruiting, staffing, benefits, staff development programs, and compensation. Actively maintain knowledge of human resource systems, state and federal laws, rules regulations, and procedures affecting the practice and administration of human resources policies and programs. I plan, organize and administer human resources activities, identify and analyze operational and administrative problems and implement change.https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-holtdorf-cude-phr-shrm-cp-71706948/https://www.facebook.com/pg/CassieFoundation/posts/https://myharnetthealth.org/
Ep. 68 "Being a Force for Positive Change" w/ Parker Sanders
In this week’s episode, Chris speaks with Parker Sanders, Associate Consultant for Spirit Consulting, on his passion for being a force for positive change and why he decided to join the Spirit team. A lover of music and a passionate supporter of mental health, Parker takes us through his journey on what led him to join Spirit.Parker did not want to be a cog in the machine having to “sell a product” but rather he wanted to be involved with an organization that makes positive change and helps people. Searching for where he could be this force for change, Parker found himself considering being a lawyer until he realized it wasn’t the fit for him. Once finding executive consulting, however, Parker realized this was a great opportunity to make an impact on other people's lives while also being able to make an impact on where he works. After now being with Spirit for a little under a year, Parker reflects on where he has been able to make an impact in this role and what he strives to accomplish in the future. Additional Bio:Originally from Buffalo, NY, Parker grew up an enthusiastic student and avid learner, as well as a lifelong Bills fan. He eventually enrolled at Bucknell University in 2017, where he found a passion for studying economic development, history, politics, English, and philosophy. As he began to turn toward life after college, it became a goal of his to coalesce his desire to help others with his professional career. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2021, Parker found what he was looking for in Spirit Consulting. Specializing in Executive Search as an Associate Consultant, Parker enjoys his ability to mutually benefit organizations and individuals in his role by creating successful partnerships which prove transformative for both parties. Despite his recency in joining Spirit, Parker has quickly acclimated himself to the team, and he is excited to continue growing alongside and in-step with the organization. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.linkedin.com/in/parker-sanders-a333491a2/
Ep. 67 "Others Oriented Leadership" w/ Dr. Kent Ingle
In this week’s episode, Chris speaks with Dr. Kent Ingle, retired news anchor for NBC and CBS, pastoral leader of 15 years, and current president of Southeastern University, about his journey to becoming a leader. An “others oriented” leader, Kent focuses on celebrating and empowering the people around him.He believes that leaders should be humble and self-aware, always acknowledging the voices and opinions of others. Drawing from his own past, Kent urges all to maintain faith and self-management and never be defeated by grief and misfortune, for God will show you what the best version of yourself is.Holding this belief, Kent has regrown many businesses in plateaus by helping them overcome challenges and expanding to new territories.Additional Bio:Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the president of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Ingle has a heart for students. He is passionate about educating and preparing students for Christ-centered leadership and service.Since Dr. Ingle became the university’s fifteenth president in 2011, the university has seen significant growth. In the fall of 2014, SEU launched the first season of Fire football in its newly completed state-of-the-art football stadium. The College of Natural & Health Sciences Building, featuring a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, opened in 2015. In 2016 the Student Activities Center was expanded and a 120,000-square-foot Live/Learn Facility was opened. Additionally, a 32,000-square-foot Welcome Center and an eight-lane NCAA track and field facility are also in the works.Under Dr. Ingle's leadership, the university has grown from 2,546 students in 2011 to a current enrollment of more than 8,700 students, with over 112 extension sites and six regional campuses. Before coming to SEU, Dr. Ingle held leadership positions in higher education, pastoral ministry, and the nonprofit sector. He is an expert in leading turnaround organizations and led teams through transformational change in Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.Dr. Ingle is a founding member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. He also currently serves on the Global Leadership Council for Pray.com, a social network for faith organizations and nonprofits. A frequent guest on Fox & Friends, CBSN, and CNN, Dr. Ingle is the author of several works on leadership theory and commentary on the issues relating to higher education.Earlier in his career, Dr. Ingle spent 10 years as a television sports anchor for NBC and CBS. He covered many professional sports teams and interviewed several notable athletes in the professional sports world, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pete Rose, Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.linkedin.com/in/kentingle/https://www.linkedin.com/school/southeastern-university/https://www.kentingle.com/
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Anyone that wants to develop their leadership skills should definitely check out this podcast. It focuses on how to become better leaders in ways that are typically not thought of!
This podcast is full of great interviews hosted by Chris Gomez. His questions always allow the guests to provide great insights into their career, their faith, and what makes them successful. Chris brings on a variety of hosts from different fields, walks of life, etc. It’s a great listen!
Great Episode (#23)
I just finished listening to episode 23 with Robert Davis. I thought it was interesting how he incorporated what he learned in his 8 years in the military to building a family culture in the workplace. He also talked about valuing flexibility and adaptability and how they can better accommodate patients within the medical sphere. I like how Chris added that flexibility is not only important in the workplace, but also at home with friends and family. Finally, Robert advises the audience to not let ambitions prevent an individual from enjoying the small wins and appreciating one’s accomplishments.