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Mindfulness with Vanderbilt University Professor
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Dr David Vago


Dr. David Vago is Research Associate Professor and Director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Mind-Body (CNMB) Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He is core training faculty for the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation. Dr. Vago maintains a research associate position in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vago is also Research Lead for the mental health and well-being platform, Roundglass. Dr. Vago has previously held the position of Research Director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt and Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute. Dr. Vago is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs. He is also a consultant for the mindfulness, well-being, and psychedelic research and industry community. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Rochester. In 2005, David received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences with a specialization in learning and memory from the department of Psychology, University of Utah. Dr. Vago has completed post-doctoral fellowships in Biological and Social Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric Neuroimaging, and Mind and Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Weill Cornell Medical School, and University of Utah School of Medicine. David’s research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in the context of mental health and chronic pain. Through mixed methods of neuroimaging, predictive computational modeling, neuroendocrine biomarker identification, cognitive-behavioral and first-person phenomenological analyses, Dr. Vago helps facilitate a multi-pronged research program in basic science, clinical trials, intervention development, education, and innovation. He has been a recipient of several research grants from the NIH and small foundations, has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and science abstracts. His research has been covered by mainstream news outlets such as the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Scientific American, and NPR, among others. As a thought leader in the field of integrative health and mindfulness research, Dr. Vago has given over 150 keynote and invited lectures, oral presentations, and grand rounds. A number of research initiatives that are ongoing, include Mapping the Meditative Mind, in which the Dr. Vago has partnered with contemporary meditation teachers and scholars to investigate psychosocial and neurobiological mechanisms supporting states of meditation across the spectrum of formal meditative expertise. Another initiative aims to identify mechanisms of engagement, identify predictors for clinical outcomes, and optimize mindfulness-based treatment interventions. Dr. Vago and his research team at Roundglass are building analytical tools for tracking health and well-being outcomes. Partner with Dr. Vago and Roundglass today

"Meditation gives inhibitory control, it stops the impulse, it allows you to step back and proceed in an adaptive fashion"
In this episode, you'll discover:

  • David is going to guide us as to why you should be meditating and be mindful and how you will see the evolution of your own personality in this process.
  • How do we let it go and how do we not get angry
  • Dalai Lama's style of communication and some wisdom shared during their work together
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Starting Customer Conversations with a Cold Calling Expert, Odile Faludi
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Odile Faludi


Odile Faludi is a Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Cold Calling Expert, she call herself Starting Customer Conversations Specialist, who Turns Walls into Open Doors!

Clarity is cash
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to get your prospects interested in your service or product
  • How to get their attention and book a call with you
  • What to do if your potential clients give you a pushback
  • How her full time job paved the way to her own business
  • Why Odile Faludi is hiring now
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SEO Secrets for Small Businesses
shiv gupta

Shiv Gupta


a Digital Marketer & SEO Specialist by profession and an entrepreneur from heart. Every brand has stories to tell—stories that will not only engage, inform, surprise, and impact their audience, but that will also deliver on measurable business goals. Shiv is the conduit between brand and consumer. His tech-enabled SEO & Marketing Services help businesses grow by getting more online leads, calls, and revenue. He helps clients find the subject and medium that best fits their unique identity, and then I produce results that meet their objectives.

Serving the client is my main focus
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to implement SEO strategy that works for small businesses and make them stand out
  • Unique client retention techniques that will help you work around premium subscriptions
  • Organic transition from a field expert to a digital marketing agency owner
Resources Mentioned:
  • Clutch - customer reviews platform
  • G2 - b2b business reviews platform
  • “Dotcom secrets” by Russel Brunson
  • “Sell like crazy” by Sabri Suby
How a former Federal Reserves Economist breaks into the mobile game making
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Toby and Chris Madden


Toby and Chris Madden are a father and a son duo, bringing educational video games and social media accounts to market through their Good Future LLC venture

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to use customers' feedback to test out your product before launch
  • How supply, demand, profit, margins and other economy concepts can be taught through a game
  • Selling to your existing network and also reaching out to new networks like Chris is doing with his entrepreneurial game and linking to "All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg"
  • How knowing and talking to your target customer can guarantee your results
  • Leveraging social media niches like intellectual content on TikTok
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Be happier at work with a career success coach
Terry McDougall

Terry McDougall


Terry McDougall, PCC, MBA is an executive and career success coach with a marketing background. Author of "Winning the game of work: career happiness and success on your terms. She led marketing functions at financial organizations like Wachovia, BMO Financial Group, etc. Now she is the owner of "Terry D. McDougall" coaching and consulting company.

To go someplace where people value you, sometimes that is what's required
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How dissatisfaction with your current work can lead you to a new business or new career opportunity
  • Why high performing managers who hit their ceiling in their careers consult with Terry
  • How career coaches can become your mirror into your behaviour, thus creating awareness as an impulse for change
  • How to create multiple streams of income as a solopreneur

Resources Mentioned:
  • "Winning the game of work: career happiness and success on your terms." by Terry McDougall
GW student unleashes the power of short content to make social impact
Ashwath narayan

Ashwath Narayanan


Ashwath Narayanan is the Founder & CEO of Social Currant, a DC based creative studio that works with nonprofits and social impact organizations to help them tackle emerging media platforms like TikTok, Reels & Influencer Marketing. Social Currant has worked with numerous clients, from the first Chief HR Officer at LinkedIn to large national nonprofits. Ashwath is also a Senior Advisor to DC Arch Angels, an angel investing group in DC. Ashwath was also named on the 25 Under 25 DC Class of 2021 Inno list, was a Forbes 30 Under 30 Fellow in 2019, & is a Senior majoring in Journalism at The George Washington University's School of Media & Public Affairs.

I wanted to build something that is beyond myself
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to bootstrap a startup while in college
  • What inspired Ashwath to develop this idea into a venture
  • Using power of micro influencers for your business or charity project  
Resources Mentioned:
  • The Mom Test
  • Business Lean Canvas
Bootstrap a startup, reimagining recruiting
Qaid Jivan

Qaid Jivan


Qaid Jivan runs a company called TalentMarketplace. They help IT leaders do more of what they love - deliver great projects for their clients with great people. We do this by replacing their side-of-the-desk recruitment activities (writing job descriptions, reviewing resumes, interviewing people who aren't a fit, etc.) with a blend of automation and the human touch. For fun, he builds and continues to manage a large music festival camp which has hundreds of members hailing from Vancouver, Seattle, New York, Toronto, Perth, and San Francisco. Also for fun, he helps people turn their bitcoin into fiat.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to bootstrap a start-up, choose your startup co-founders
  • About challenges of recruiting, especially in a post-pandemic scenario
  • Solving disagreements with your teammates
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From a Lawyer to a Yoga Studio Owner
Sara Vandergoot

Sara Vandergoot


Sara VanderGoot, CMT, e-RYT 200, e-RYT 500, RPYT co-founded Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga. She studied Interdisciplinary Yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton in Nosara, Costa Rica and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Sara completed her Prenatal Yoga Training at Blooma in Minneapolis. Sara is registered through internationally recognized Yoga Alliance as a e-RYT 200, e-RYT 500 and RPYT. Sara is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. She specializes in working with moms during and after pregnancy and attends births as a doula. She completed her doula training with experienced midwives in Colombia, South America and is knowledgeable about modern birth practices as well as ancestral birth practices and plant medicines. Sara has been practicing massage therapy, including specialties in Prenatal Massage, Post-pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Thai Yoga Massage, in Alexandria for 20 years and has been a yoga instructor for 10 years. At Mind the Mat she specializes in Prenatal Yoga, Post-pregnancy Core Yoga, Mommy & Me Core Yoga, Flow Yoga, Hot Flow Yoga and Deep Stretch. One of Sara's favorite things is teaching in the 200 & 300 Hour Mind the Mat Yoga Teacher Training programs, which she began developing in 2013. Before becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor, Sara earned her Juris Doctorate from William and Mary Law School and was a lawyer in the Washington D.C. area. She found that the healing practices of massage and yoga brought a balance to her life that she had long been searching for. Sara also has a B.A. in English Literature from University of Michigan and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins.

I realized that the Yoga studio couldn't grow if I didn't choose where to put my energy.
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • Organic way of career transition
  • Working in partnership while building a new business
  • Picking one business when you have multiple
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Gift Pocket App: teenage dream becomes a reality
Brooke Yoakam

Brooke Yoakam


Brooke Yoakam is founder of GiftPocket, the award-winning digital wallet app that allows users to manage all of their gift cards from their phone, pay with their gift cards in stores or online, exchange unwanted gift cards for gift cards they want, and send gift cards to people. Brooke Yoakam founded GiftPocket when she was 12 years old, after receiving a bunch of unwanted gift cards from elder relatives and knew there was a gap in the digital wallet space. GiftPocket and its namesake currency GP Points™, is focused on young adults, who predominantly use gift cards as their main form of currency, but is available to all ages. The app, as a digital wallet, seamlessly helps manage the cards for use in person and online. She is currently a student at Boston College, and originally from Columbus, Ohio. The GiftPocket app is available on both iOS and Android platforms, with more information available at

I like to think big and outside of the box. I don't like when people hold me back.
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to start your own business at 12
  • How to prepare for the pitch competitions
  • What qualities you need to nurture to become a successful entrepreneur
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Make your start-up successful through leadership
Thomas Kerezsti

Thomas Kereszti


Thomas Kereszti is an industry influencer, author, coach, speaker, educator, and mentor. His approach to leadership comes from a lifetime of international experience. His servant leadership principles are time proven and based on biblical foundations. He is down to earth and able to strike a balance between business challenges and common-sense solutions. His motivational and engaging style will leave you with practical and applicable solutions that you can put into practice.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to attract and hire the right talent into your start-up
  • How to choose the business you will be successful in
  • How to make profit before incurring any costs
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Your host

Anar Umurzak

I'm a curious mind whose favorite thing in the world is to ask questions that help me fully understand. With each episode we will uncover trends that you can use to build an algorithm to your own success.
Anar Umurzakova