Eagle Nation Podcast

Eagle Nation Podcast

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Welcome to the Eagle Nation Podcast! We’re excited to bring you a weekly dose of Eagle Fire through compelling discussions with inspiring guests, on topics that you care about. We’ll explore veterans, community, nonprofits, fitness, and leadership. Please be sure to subscribe to podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts. We’d also love you to be a part of the show. Please send any ideas, comments, or questions to podcast@TeamRWB.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EaglePodcast.

Episodes

EP042 - Jake Wood, Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon  

Jake Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon.  This amazing organization harnesses the skills of military veterans to respond to disasters across the country and the globe.  Their mission started in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that devastated the country.  Jake and his co-founder, William McNulty, led a small team into the heart of the rubble and did what veterans do – help.

 

In this week’s episode, Jake shares the founding story of TR and talks about how the organization has grown over the past 7 years.  We dive into:

 

The importance of maintain a strong and authentic culture Why veterans are well positioned to lead positive change in American communities The challenges of leading and growing a nonprofit Why it is ok (and sometimes best) to let people go

 

Jake is a great friend and Team RWB is proud to work closely with Team Rubicon.  His journey from Division I football, to the Marine Corps, to TR is an amazing story and we’re pumped to share it with you!

Locked In with Dr. Carolyn Furdek - her battle with mental health  

Carolyn Furdek is a former Army officer who recently published a book that describes her decade long journey as she fights a lingering battle with mental illness over the course of a decade that leaves the medical community and her family struggling for answers.

 

In this raw and powerful podcast we discuss her battle, and also the ways in which she’s trying to change the system from the inside to help America better handle treatment of mental health.

 

Get her incredible book here.

EP040 - Steve Shenbaum on why caring is the new cool  

Steve Shenbaum is the founder and president of game on NATION and has become a nationally recognized expert in leadership, communication, and character development.  He actually started his career as a working actor in Hollywood and appeared in a number of popular commercials, television shows, and movies.  Later, Steve began working with top-level performers to improve their communication, teamwork, and mental game.

Since 2012, Steve and his team at game on NATION have brought effective, engaging, and memorable training seminars to world-class clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to professional sports teams, to star athletes...even Team RWB.

Steve and I have a really rich discussion that covers:

Finding your voice and the ability to share it How to give your best possible presentation The importance of authenticity and real connection Why it's cool to use both backpack straps The power of "laughing with" And much more...

As a friend, mentor, and supporter Steve has done a lot for Team RWB and we are thrilled to share his knowledge with all of you!

EP039 - The Veteran Entitlement Episode with Carl Forsling  

Carl Forsling is a senior columnist for Task & Purpose. He is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot who is retired from the military after 20 years of service. He is the father of two children and a graduate of Boston University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carl is a prolific writer on Veteran’s issues, and has tackled some thorny topics in his work, to include writing about entitlement in the veteran community.  We don’t shy away from this in the podcast, and have a very raw conversation about this topic.

 

 
EP038 - Innovation in the Military and Original Thinking with Dr. Adam Grant  

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40, and is a New York Times best-selling author.  

He’s worked with the Military for years, and we spend some time discussing his experiences and some of the following:

Fostering original thinking in the military Innovating thinking Translating military leadership into civilian success  
EP037 - Joe Quinn, Team RWB's Director of Leadership Development  

Joe Quinn is Team RWB’s Director of Leadership Development and in many ways, the organization’s emotional heartbeat.  His story, and his willingness to tell it, has inspired thousands of people to engage with their community and take up the mantle of leadership.

 

Joe and I have had countless conversations, ranging in topics from sports to defense policy to changing diapers.  In this episode, we dive into our philosophies on leadership and why we think Team RWB is playing a game-changing role in how Americans work together to build a better future.

 

We cover some great nuggets, including:

The concept of whole-braining integration Why the military doesn’t necessarily prepare you to be a great leader The critical importance of genuine relationships And so much more  

This is a good look into how we view and value leadership, and we hope that you’ll take the time to listen, digest, and explore your own views on this critical topic.

 
EP036 - The Eagle Leader Fellows Podcast  

The need for leadership in our country has never been greater.  That is why we created the Eagle Leader Fellow Program.

 

This week is a very special episode as we talk with three of Team RWB’s Eagle Leader Fellows.  These leaders have spent the past several months on a mission to make their communities stronger.  

 

You’ll hear from Dennis Volpe (Jacksonville, FL), Marissa May (Omaha, NE), and Kris Lord (San Francisco, CA).  They share their experiences of taking up the mantle of leadership and how they’ve grown as individuals through the process.

 

The Eagle Leader Fellowship is a 12-month leadership development experience with a focus on leadership education, mentorship, and experiential learning.  Our first full class of fellows have done and absolutely amazing job (we’ve hired 5 of them to the full-time staff).  Applications are opening soon for the next class of fellows.  If you have a heart for service, a desire to lead, and think you have what it takes to make your community stronger…please follow this link to learn more.

 

https://www.teamrwb.org/our-approach/eagle-leader-fellows

EP035 - The Yoga Edition with Barry Peterson and Ed Stancombe  

In preparation for our first ever Team RWB national Yoga event, Eagle Namasday on December 3, we’ve got a great show this week with 2 unique individuals - Barry Peterson, and Ed Stancombe.  

 

Yoga, plays a huge part in both of their lives, and we’re excited to share it with you.  We cover some great topics, to include:

  What is Yoga? Why Yoga has been embraced by the military, after being shunned for years. The physical and mental benefits of Yoga. Eagle Namasday, and what you can expect.    

No matter if you’ve ever been in a Yoga studio or not, there’s a ton to gleam from this podcast.  We hope you enjoy it!

EP034 - Leadership through Basketball, and Parenting Young Athletes with Coach Babe Kwasniak  

Babe Kwasniak is not only a Army veteran, but he’s a nationally recognized basketball coach who has moved back to his hometown to coach and lead in his community.  He’s been incredibly successful, both on the court and in developing his players into productive members of society.  In this episode, we have an engaging conversation about a wide range to topics to include:

Military lessons in leadership that he uses on the basketball court Parenting young athletes The challenges and opportunities of leading teenagers Using social media as a leadership tool Babe is a thrilling guy, so don’t miss this episode!
EP033 - Jenifer Smith on a non-traditional military path and a life of priorities  

Jenifer Smith's military career has been a winding path and has taken many shapes. From an injury at Marine Corps bootcamp, to college at Norwich University, to the National Guard, Active Duty, Reserves, and Contractor - she has experienced the military from almost every angle. 

In this week's podcast, we have a great conversation around the challenges and opportunities in taking a non-traditional route. During the second half of the podcast, we get into some really good stuff like:

Finding a community you relate to The perils of over-committing How to identify and manage your true priorities The importance of investing in relationships
EP032 - The Election Episode with Dr. Jason Dempsey  

Dr. Jason Dempsey is a lot of things:

A Senior Fellow at CNAS An author and prolific writer An entrepreneur A former White House Fellow Former special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff A retired Infantry Officer in the Army  

But, luckily, he’s an expert in military demographics and politics, as well.  In this episode, we have a thrilling, and somewhat controversial conversation about politics, and the upcoming election.  We cover topics like:

  His book, Our Army, and how he was the first person to comprehensively study political views in the Army.   Why it’s dangerous for military leaders to get involved in politics How he believes the best way for civilians to support members of the military is by holding military senior leaders accountable. His role in the podcast Serial His military startup, Millie.  

Jason is brilliant, an original thinker, and brave enough to say things that most people won’t - don’t miss this episode.

EP031 - Todd Connor on Thinking Beyond Tech, Starting a B2B, and Timing  

Todd Connor is a Navy veteran and the CEO of Bunker Labs, an incredible nonprofit organization that helps veterans to achieve their dreams through entrepreneurship.  Over the past couple of years, Bunker Labs has grown from their original location in Chicago, to having chapters in over 10 cities across the country.  They provide support through mentorship, training, education, peer support, and even funding.

 

Through an innovative online platform at www.BunkerInABox.org, veteran entrepreneurs can embark on a 14 mission journey that takes them through the necessarily steps to start their business.

 

Recently, Team RWB has partnered with Bunker Labs in the development of our very own e-learning platform, EagleLeader.org (coming soon).

 

Todd and I have a great conversation about transitioning from the military and how starting a business may be a great option.  We cover topics like:

  When is it the right time to leave your day job, if at all? How to create minimally viable product to test your business idea Why starting a business-to-business company is a smart move Thinking beyond “tech” …and a whole lot more  

Todd is an extremely engaging and inspiring guy, and we hope you enjoy our conversation.

EP030 - What We've Learned So Far  

The first six months of the Eagle Nation Podcast have flown by.  We are 30 episodes into this journey and it has been a blast so far.  We have had some amazing guests and have covered a lot of really interesting topics.  This week, we thought it would be cool to pause and take a look back at what we've learned so far.

In this episode, JJ and I talk about:

The best advice we've been given on the podcast Questions we wish we'd asked How we've grown through this process Not letting perfect be the enemy of good The vision for Team RWB's future

A bunch of listeners have asked us for a consolidated list of some of our favorite books and podcasts that we've mentioned on the show.  Here to go!

Our favorite podcasts:

TED Radio Hour Freakonomics Radio Tim Ferriss Show Barbell Business

Our favorite books:

Contagious Tribe Zero to One Start With Why Daring Greatly Fooled by Randomness Originals Good to Great
EP029 - Doug McCormick on running your family like a business and economic empowerment for Veterans and military families  

Doug McCormick is a lot of things - an Army Veteran (Infantry), a small business owner, a skilled investment banker, a Veteran advocate, and financial author, just to name a few.  In this podcast, we talk about economic empowerment for the military community, and why the traditional model of investing and asset allocation is imperfect.

We cover a ton of great content, including:

His book, Family, Inc. Economic empowerment for Veterans and Military Spouses The striking lack of financial literacy in America, and why it's a problem
EP028 - Bill Hecht - COO of the Westfield Corporation,  on Building Community, Hiring Veterans and Giving Back.  

In this podcast, we talk to the COO of one of the world’s premier shopping center companies, the Westfield Corporation - Bill Hecht.  We discuss what it takes to bring the community together in a physical space, being part of rebuilding their World Trade Center location after 9/11, why supporting veterans is important to Westfield (and him personally), and the Old Glory Relay.   


We cover a ton of content in this podcast, to include:

Westfield’s support of The Old Glory Relay Being part of rebuilding at the World Trade Center post 9/11 The importance of community in America
EP027 - Secretary of  Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald  

The Eagle Nation Podcast is the official podcast of Team Red, White, and Blue and this week, we have a very special guest.  Host, Blayne Smith, is joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald…or as he prefers, Bob.

Bob was nice enough to invite us into his office during a recent trip to D.C., and we had a great conversation.  During this episode, we address a number of topics that are on the front of Veterans’ minds.  Of course, we touch on leadership.  Bob tells us how he has managed to recruit some amazing people into VA and how building a values-based culture is the only way to ensure excellent service.

We also talk about the role of Veteran in managing his/her transition from military life and the need for Veterans to assume a mantle of leadership in our communities and country.

Finally, we dive into healthcare.  Bob provides his thoughts on recent calls for privatization of the VA and discusses the importance of having a healthcare system that addresses the whole person and focuses on preventative care.

Team RWB and VA have a strong and growing relationship in our collective effort to serve Veterans and build strong communities.  You won’t want to miss this episode!

EP026 - Best Selling Author Jonah Berger on creating contagious content, invisible influence and how to get people involved  

In this podcast, we talk to best selling author and professor at the Wharton School, Dr. Jonah Berger.  He’s a thought leader on the academic side of what causes certain content to go viral, how influence plays a part in all of our lives, and we discuss how this relates to life and Team RWB.   


We cover a ton of content in this podcast, to include:

How his book, Contagious, has influenced Team RWB How to get people involved The Invisible Influence that shapes all our lives
EP025 - Eric Garcia on beating addiction and the power of serving others  

Eric Garcia has been lost.  After an impressive military career that included assignments with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), his life took a turn for the worst.  In 2010, Eric found himself homeless, addicted, and on the way to rehab.  Just 7 months later, he started a small nonprofit to support Veterans through fitness and fellowship.  He soon found Team RWB and in the time since has been one of our very best volunteer leaders.

Today, Eric serves other Veterans as a case manager at the Salvation Army in Tampa, Florida.  He is working on a Mission Continues fellowship and will complete his degree in psychology next spring.  Eric spends his time in trenches, meeting Veterans where they are at, everyday.  His perspective is absolutely priceless.

This episode is a very raw and honest conversation that speaks to all of us.  Please take it to heart and share with your friends.

EP024 - Patricia Walsh on real vs. perceived disabilities and triathlon  

In this episode, we talk to one of the best paratriathletes in world, Patricia Walsh. She is currently representing the USA at the Paralympics in Rio, and is an all-around amazing person.

We talk about a lot of great stuff including:

Para-triathlon Her TED Talk Getting a STEM degree as a blind person Her competitive fire and how it drives her accomplish whatever she sets her mind to
EP023 - Benjamin Bunn on transition, entrepreneurship, and making peace with a life of violence  

To say that Ben Bunn is interesting would be a massive understatement.  The guy is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, has served as a Green Beret and Infantry officer, and has a tattoo of Chuck Norris on his left arm.  More importantly, Ben is a smart and thoughtful guy that is in a middle of making what I'm sure will be an excellent transition from active duty.  He and his partner own Cigar City CrossFit in Tampa and are building a really strong community.

In this episode, we dive into some deep stuff, including:

Taking a proactive approach to transition Why starting a business is scary and thrilling Quiet moments and why they are so hard Reconciling a violent past Committing to a life helping others

This is a really honest conversation and we hope that you'll take a lot from it.  

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