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Episode 60 – Inspired Nonprofit Leadership with Vickie Thompson-Sandy

The consummate workplace dilemma: you want to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder, but you don’t want to lose what you first loved about your work. Vickie Thompson-Sandy knows this challenge all too well. As a social worker dedicated to child welfare issues, and now a nonprofit leader on a national scale, her focus has always been to make the world healthier, stronger, and more whole. On this week’s episode of the Make Meaning podcast, Vickie, CEO of The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus, Ohio, shares insights on how to be a leader and retain a vision of purpose, finding new ways to make […]

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Episode 59 – Higher Learning with Molly Worthen

Do today’s students have the luxury to ask, debate, and study life’s meaning and purpose, or are we seeing a “vocationalization of mainstream universities,” more focused on professional skills and salary potential? Perhaps it’s the cost of higher learning that drives students today to be more pragmatic and practical in their pursuit of a career and not have the luxury of pondering life’s big questions. Molly Worthen, associate professor of history at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, has spent her career researching and writing about North American religious and intellectual history. This week, shejoins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast, to discuss how humans find […]

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Episode 57 – Positive Public Health with Tista Ghosh

We’re thrilled to welcome Tista Ghosh, the first female Chief Medical Officer of Colorado, as our most recent guest on the Make Meaning podcast! Tista has found her purpose identifying root causes of disease and working to prevent it, whether chronic or infectious. As a doctor of internal medicine, she saw alarming patterns in patient health that could be prevented if addressed long before they became an actual risk.  Driven by a life-long desire to help others, Tista turned her focus to public health, leading her to become Colorado’s first female Chief Medical Officer, where she strives for positive health throughout the state through public education initiatives and prevention programs. She’s also introducing policies that effect change. Listen as Tista talks with Lynne about societal […]

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Episode 56 – Ken Budd – How to be a voluntourist

650,000 hours. That’s the average human life span and the title of a new website and newsletter launched by author, columnist, and former AARP Editor Ken Budd. Following his father’s unexpected death, Ken spent time volunteering around the world in an effort to find meaning and purpose, which led to his award-winning memoir, The Voluntourist. Ken joins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast to discuss making the most of our time on Earth – finding meaningful work, satisfaction in life, making an impact in the world, and living every hour in a way that matters. Tune in here: In addition to being an award-winning writer and “voluntourist,” Ken Budd has written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, The Washington Post, and authors the column Everyday Heroes for The Saturday Evening Post. He […]

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Episode 55 – Understanding Adolescence with Lisa Damour

While many adults might dismiss teens as not-quite-ready to meet the real world, Lisa Damour, clinical psychologist, author, and this week’s guest on the Make Meaning podcast, knows that adolescents have the ability to perceive situations with clarity and accuracy often missed by adults. Adolescence is the age where true passion and natural talent develop, sowing seeds of purpose that provide life direction. Listen as Lynne and Lisa discuss how understanding adolescence can not only help us guide young people to find their purpose but might also shine light on finding our own. Lisa Damour writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, is a regular contributor to CBS News, operates a […]

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