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Author: Kojo Thompson

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY. This podcast is to help you find out "WHY." We interview every job and ask them WHY they started their profession so that you can find your dream job too! Hosted by Kojo Thompson. Follow us on all Social Media:@WhyiNetwork Contact:
135 Episodes
Zoox was founded in 2014 with a mission to make transportation in dense urban areas safer, more equitable, and more sustainable. Aaron is an engineer and currently a manager on their Firmware team, which plays an integral role in the development of Zoox’s autonomous vehicles. @WhyiNetworkSupport the show (
From sleep aids to a cleaning disinfectant spray, Salt Lake City-based Darren has been successful in innovating new products, developing supply chains, and establishing initial marketing/positioning. Darren has also been a proven fitness leader, working as a strength and conditioning advisor for elite and amateur athletes for 28 years. He has served as a volunteer coach at the junior high and high school level for 12 years. Drawing from his own experience, he has designed a number of fitness enhancement products called Lions Fuel. @WhyiNetworkSupport the show (
Melissa Arias is the executive director at Epicurean Charitable Foundation where she dedicates her life to helping high school seniors receive a complete college education . The scholarship also comes with mentoring from C-level executive board members, many of whom run the Las Vegas Strip, national hotels, restaurant operations and more. @WhyiNetworkSupport the show (
Raised in the UK, Steve left school at 16 and ventured out into many different careers including, IT, snowboarding, and much much more. Now he lives in Las Vegas and manages Dream Racing, and hangs out with celebrities driving lamborghinis and ferrari's. His life has been very interesting and he’s learned that no path is set and if you have the desire and drive you can achieve anything!.BookSocial: @stvnj @WhyiNetwork
Adreana Gonzalez is a multi-talented professional who has found success in every area she pursues— acting, singing, writing, and teaching. She has been a fixture of the Hollywood scene for over two decades and counts a wide range of industry insiders as friends and colleagues. @WhyiNetworkSupport the show (
Christy Budnick serves as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a global residential real estate brokerage franchise network. In her role, Budnick oversees the global real estate brokerage franchise network which is made up of more than 50,000 real estate professionals and nearly 1,500 offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and India. @WhyiNetwork
Tom Portuallo started Pompano Beach-based Iguana Control 10 years ago, his clients were predominantly owners of single family homes who were upset about iguanas destroying their yards. @WhyiNetworkSupport the show (
Karenthia A. Barber is an award-winning businesswoman with over 20 years of experience in business, education/training and human resources. Recognized as an exceptional strategist, world-class speaker, seasoned business consultant, and leadership coach, she has provided a wide range of organizational development and training services including workshops, facilitating focus groups, seminars, retreats and coaching. @kbmotivator @WhyiNetworkSupport the show (
Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla, California attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He has practiced law throughout California, Connecticut, and Louisiana. He worked for and defended insurance companies during the first 7 years of his practice. Since 2015, he has represented people with personal injury and property damage claims and insurance disputes. @WhyiNetwork
Amanda firmly believes engineering is not just for nerdy boys. It's for dreamers, creatives, and anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. She often tells students that engineers create the world of tomorrow and your degree is only a stepping-stone into whatever path you decide to take. Amanda FreickBook: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss @WhyiNetwork
Naomi's a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist with almost 25 years of experience of working with people who have offended. She’s worked in prisons, hospitals and community forensic settings and was involved in setting up the first prison mental health in reach team in England and then developed the first treatment programme for men previously considered to be “untreatable psychopaths” in the U.K. @NMPsychologist @WhyiNetwork
She is also Co-Founder of Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT), an organization that aims to help black women build the next billion dollar companies. Their 1st conference for black women tech founders in February 2017 took place at Google's NY headquarters and now caters to over 1000 people annually. @blackwomentalktech Social: @WhyiNetwork
Dr. Coco Cabrel aka The Flamenco-Dancing MD and Founder of Coco'sFlameFit, is an active alumna mentor for Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Alumni Association. Her "specialty" as a mentor is helping medical students with backgrounds in the performing arts to cope with the rigors of medical school by carving out time for their artistic expression. @cocosflamefit @WhyiNetwork
Having immigrated to the US as a young girl, and coming out of a tough divorce, she now practices law to support those seeking asylum, safety from violence, and shelter in the US through her law practice, as well as supporting men and women looking to get out of unhealthy marriages. @ShepelskyLaw @WhyiNetwork
Brynn Johnson is a certified life coach specializing in freelancing and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of swandive co where she has been freelance writing for over 10 years. @WhyiNetwork
Steve began his career in the early 80s and worked with two major wall street firms including Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. In the fall of 2015 he began the process of setting up my own independent firm and is now the CEO and founder of Akin Investments. kojo@thewhyinetwork.comContact:
David Siegel is CEO of Meetup overseeing its global business, which has 52 million members, hosts 15,000 events daily, and has events in 193 countries. David has 20 years of experience leading technology and digital media organizations focused on community, healthcare, and finance. Mentoring is important to David, and he has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 2016. He teaches graduate-level courses on strategic planning and entrepreneurship. David has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, CNBC, Business Insider, and Entrepreneur. @WhyiNetwork
Trevor Elliott MBE. Trevor is a 29-year-old who first became a foster parent at the age of just 25. Since then, he has opened several children's homes across London whilst he continues to support at-risk children through his role as a foster parent, sporting activities and mentorships. Trevor is a voice for vulnerable children and through working with people like Rio Ferdinand, using his platform to highlight the pressures Britain's foster care system is facing and supporting his local community, Trevor hopes to inspire positive change and further support families in need.Social: @telliott_MBE @WhyiNetwork
An experienced technology entrepreneur, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Voices. His company has been written about in The New York Times, CNNMoney, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company. He has appeared on Business News Network and The Globe and Mail TV. He is currently attending Harvard Business School and is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences. @WhyiNetwork
Will Lansing is the Founder and Managing Principal of The Valor Companies, a Washington DC based real estate investment and development firm that has planned, developed, and constructed over 1,000,000 square feet of projects for a total value in excess of $400,000,000. @WhyiNetwork
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