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WALKS w/ Maesoumeh Mohammadkhani: The duality of the American-Iranian identity
We reach season 1's finale with this special episode. They say the people around you have a big impact in shaping who you become; I agree, so I try to be selective with who I surround myself with. Today's guest is the person I've spent the most time with since September 6th, 2018. She has helped show me the importance of being vocal and more importantly empowering others to ensure they're being heard. She's brave, she's bold and today she explains to us what having a shared identity from two antagonistic countries feels like. Maesoumeh is American-Iranian, born in Tehran but bred in New Jersey. In this episode we discuss identity, what it feels like to be the odd one out, and how being an immigrant shapes your values as a person. Zebralingo.
WALKS w/ Toby Segar (STORROR): The life of a professional parkour athlete
Parkour or freerunning, as it's known to some, is a fascinating sport. It blends martial arts, breakdance and raw adrenaline as you use your body to creatively overcome obstacles whilst you get from point A to B. To explore the life of a professional parkour athlete we have a very special guest: Toby Segar. He's been training parkour since he was 10, has been a finalist at Ninja Warrior UK multiple times and has also jumped from skyscraper to skyscraper in cities like Seoul, Honk Kong and Mumbai. Toby is part of the famous pro parkour collective STORROR (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdPui8EYr_sX6q1xNXCRPXg) where he works with 6 other athletes to create top-notch parkour content on a weekly basis. Tune in and learn how to soul search through parkour.
WALKS w/ Jamie Millar: Health & nutrition, get your facts right.
Health and nutrition play a huge role in our lives; they can dictate our state of mind and even how long we live. There's a ton of information out there, some good, some bad, so today we dive into these two topics with Jamie Millar. Born and bred in Scotland, he shares through a bold Scottish accent why nutrition matters, whether a plant-based diet can give us the right amount of nutrients and how we should conceptualize mock meats. Some great raw comments, cooked into a fine episode.
WALKS w/ Desirée Gaddis: Women's experience at work
Women face discrimination at work. That's a reality. This ranges from unequal pay, to reduced access to career growth and even sexual harassment. This is why on today's episode we go on a WALK with Desirée Gaddis. She has a diverse background, having experienced both leadership at an NYC tech startup and a large CPG corporation, as well as working as frontline staff during at latter. She shares the challenges she's faced, how that made her feel and what someone in a similar position can do to empower themselves. Blending a great mix of authenticity and light-heartedness, Desirée helps us push this conversation forward.
McKinsey report: https://womenintheworkplace.com/
WALKS w/ Nicolas Rousseaux: An ode to surfing
Surfing is cool, there's no disagreeing there. Most people know the basics of the sport, the mechanics of how one paddles and then stands up, but what does surfing really feel like? What is it like to stand up on a floating vessel as you descend a roaring wave into an uncertain future? Mr. Rousseaux, maybe a descendant of Jacques maybe not, joins us today to explore that and more. He's surfed for 7 years, in 7 different countries, and has even worked for a surf powerhouse like Quicksilver. Begging for hot dog leftovers, sharp reefs in the Philippines, and more on today's episode.
WALKS w/ Jai Barkley: Dancing salsa, building a studio and the life-lessons that teaches you
Imagine getting to teach over 60,000 students how to dance salsa? That's what Jai Barkley has accomplished so far through his salsa studio, The Salsa Foundation. What's interesting is that he wasn't a classically trained dancer or even a dancer at all until 14 years ago which is when a friend took him to Copa Cabana, a Latin club in Melbourne (Australia), where he fell in love with salsa. He offers an authentic and introspective take on what it is to try something, what it's like to build a salsa studio from scratch, and ultimately what values salsa has taught him throughout that journey.
P.s. He also played a huge role in getting me hooked to salsa. Thanks again, Jai.
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