Welcome to my podcast: Well Being Walks. In each episode, I am joined by a special guest for a walk – in nature – knowing that nature is where our souls sing. We all have a soul song, yet, our soul songs get silenced by our human “doing” – chasing achievement, chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder – DOING more. There is a real imbalance today in human DOING versus human BEING. In these podcasts we focus more on BEING human and what that looks like. We will share a collection of REAL conversations and stories from respected leaders and influencers who are exploring a different kind of leadership and how to live a soulful life that matters. Please join us on a walk! - Kip
David G. Breen: Collaboration through Communication
In this week’s episode of Well Being Walks, Kip is joined by David G. Breen, principal Designer and Founder of VDA, Inc, an award-winning, full-service, event design and experiential marketing agency. Under David's guidance, VDA achieved remarkable success, including being named "Best In Business" by INC. Magazine in both 2021 and 2022. David and Kip walk through Mount Autumn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, and talk about their career journeys, opening up communication in the workplace, and just being human. Join us as we walk in nature.
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Cindy Pierce: Being a Strong Leader for our Youth
In this week’s episode of Well Being Walks, Kip is joined by Cindy Pierce, Author, Performer, Speaker, Sexuality Educator, Comic Storyteller, Innkeeper and Mom of three young adults. Cindy and Kip walk through Hale Reservation in Dover, MA, and grow from acquaintances to friends as they delve into Cindy’s leadership journey.
Cindy takes us through her childhood as the youngest of seven, and how her unique path has shaped her into who she is today – a woman unafraid of failure and excited by new challenges. Her passion for educating our youth is exciting and inspiring.
I invite you to listen and learn from all her wonderful advice.
Learn more about Cindy Pierce: https://cindy-pierce.com/
Amy Pocsik: Women Supporting Women in Business
In this week’s Well Being Walks episode, Kip is joined by Amy Pocsik, Founder of Bold Moves business coaching and Co-Founder of the Women's Business League, a national networking community. The pair walk around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA as Amy shares her story about leaving her job as a CPA and following her entrepreneurial dreams.
This episode is a genuine conversation between two women that share a passion for the work they do, centering on human connection and overcoming the challenges of starting your own business. Amy takes us through her journey of following her passions and creating a business that supports like-minded women to help them thrive. Her unique perspective and experiences have given her the ability to open a world of opportunities not only for herself but for those she has connected with as well. Please listen and enjoy.
To learn more about the Women’s Business League, click here: https://womensbusinessleague.com/
Thaddeus Miles: Celebrating Human Connection and Empowerment
In this week’s episode of Well Being Walks with Kip Hollister, we are joined by Thaddeus Miles, as he speaks about his experiences as a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and community leader. As the pair takes a chilly stroll around the Lowell River Walk, Thaddeus describes what led him to devote his life to helping others: through his work at MassHousing, his time serving in The US Air Force, and the development of several nonprofits. His dedication to supporting, loving, and seeing the Black community is inspiring. His most recent work, The Black Joy Project, was recognized by the Boston City Council in September 2022.
We are taken through the complex story of his life and delve into how he found his passions for family, photography, and serving others. Thaddeus explains how his unique experiences have allowed him to move from a mindset of victimization to one of empowerment. You will hear vulnerable conversations about taking action and the importance of genuine human connection.
We invite you to listen and learn from this powerful and uplifting leader.
Learn more about The Black Joy Project: https://linktr.ee/theblackjoyproject
Juliette Mayers: Making Changes from the Ground Up
In this episode of Well Being Walks, Kip is joined by Juliette Mayers, Founder and CEO of Inspiration Zone – A woman-and-minority-owned business enterprise providing services to companies looking for a holistic approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In addition to being the Founder and CEO of Inspiration Zone, Juliette is a published author and has her own podcast, Entering the Inspiration Zone.
Kip and Juliette walk through the Norris Reservation in Norwell and discuss the importance of creating an organization that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, starting from a place of empathy and awareness. This episode shows the importance of human connection on a deep level and understanding the systemic growth needed to create a positive and sustainable workplace culture. Juliette’s knowledge in this area is admirable, and we invite listeners to listen and learn from her experience as we have.
To learn more about Inspiration Zone, click here: https://inspirationzonellc.com/
Jim Derick: Inspiration Through Optimism – Part 2 of 2
This week’s episode of Well Being Walks with Kip Hollister is the second episode of the two-part series with Jim Derick - President and Co-Founder of SAFE Coalition. They walk again through Noon Hill in Medfield, MA; discussing the devastating loss of Jim’s son, Jack, and how to connect with one another and navigate the grieving process. They discuss the stigma around substance abuse disorder and creating a system that supports those affected. Kip and Jim connect on a soul level, bonding over their own journeys with loss and creating an open space for real conversations. This episode is authentic and raw, and we invite you to listen and learn as you join this installation of Well Being Walks.
SAFE Coalition is a community organization committed to educating and supporting those affected by substance use disorder and mental health concerns across southeastern Massachusetts. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use disorder or mental health concerns, please visit their website: https://www.safecoalitionma.org/
In honor of Jack, who tragically lost his battle with his illness on July 15, 2022.
Captivating new podcast!
Wow! Inspirational and engaging. I was captivated the entire time. Real people sharing vulnerably. Love hearing from local leaders. So much to learn and Kip draws out great conversation and wisdom from guests. Give yourself an hour to listen and feed your mind and soul!
Raw and real
Such raw and real conversation - it’s refreshing and perfectly timed. Thanks for creating the space for these conversations! I also love how each walk really takes you on an unexpected journey- you don’t know what to expect or where you’ll end up, but you’re sure to leave with a few pearls!
Great hearing the vulnerability of other leaders, not the typical P