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Lessons from Leaders is a podcast series designed to educate, entertain, inspire and motivate us to make positive changes in our lives through the shared experiences of our guests who represent the worlds of business, politics, sports, entertainment, and other fields. I’ve always been fascinated with how accomplished people got to where they are. Everyone has a different backstory and journey, but if you’re like me, we want to know what’s the secret sauce - what are the things successful people do to keep their momentum going and what do they focus on? Each episode takes a deep dive into what makes effective leaders tick, and gets to the root of the question “how did you get here?" Drawn from a diverse pool of trail blazers, each guest shares their compelling journey and the obstacles they overcame as they navigated their careers on the road to success. I ask them how they started out, why they chose their career path, what they learned, the mistakes they made, the challenges they defeated, and what their leadership style is.It all adds up to a master class on how to become the best of the best. Enjoy and spread the word! Mike Lyons Email: mlyons@lyonspride.us https://www.michaeljlyons.com/
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This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, the biggest brand of global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company. She captains a company that annually hosts more than five million guests and employs more than 40,000 people who hail from 110 nations around the globe.Since joining Carnival in 2015, Duffy has led the company's incredible growth and is overseeing the construction of two new ships that will be delivered in 2021 and 2022 that will lead the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cruise vessels in North America, and feature the first roller coaster at sea. Duffy's “people first” philosophy makes her an accessible and approachable leader whose mission is to leverage Carnival's commitment to delivering safe, fun and memorable vacations to a growing customer base.Prior to Carnival, Duffy spent four years as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade association representing the global cruise industry.  Before her time at CLIA, she spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company, where she served six years as president and CEO.An active participant and tireless supporter of the hospitality industry, Duffy serves on multiple boards including Herschend Family Entertainment and Aimbridge Hospitality.  She is first vice-chair of the U.S. Travel Association and sits on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Duffy has been a strong supporter of women’s leadership in the travel industry. A member of The Committee of 200, she has been honored by the Convention Industry Council, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commonwealth Institute of South Florida, and the South Florida Business Journal, among others. Tune in to hear how Christine went from a $200 a week salary as a travel agent to running Carnival Cruise Line. Her fascinating story is an inspirational tale of persistence, hard work, risk-taking, and learning from mentors. Website:  https://www.carnival.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cduffyccl/
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Roger Dow, the President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the national trade association that represents all segments of America’s $2.6 trillion travel industry.Since joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Roger has led the transformation of the formerly fragmented organization into a united advocacy force now recognized as one of the most effective industry associations in the world.Prior to his current role, Roger advanced through the ranks at Marriott International in a career that spanned 34 years. He joined Marriott as a summer lifeguard at the sixth Marriott property, and eventually rose to Senior Vice President of Global & Field Sales, where he led Marriott’s 10,000-person worldwide sales organization. For his efforts to unify the travel industry and increase its effectiveness on Capitol Hill, Roger has been the recipient of multiple honors, including MPI’s 2018 Industry Leader Award. He has also served on multiple boards, including ASAE, MPI Foundation, and the Travel Institute among many others.In this episode, Roger tells us how he went from being a lifeguard at one of the first Marriott hotels in the U.S. to leading their worldwide sales force. From there, he took the reins of the U.S. Travel Association where he has been the preeminent advocate for the travel industry.  Roger and his team work tirelessly to advance policies that benefit and protect the broader travel industry, particularly during the pandemic where the unemployment rate among travel/hospitality industry workers has reached 50%. Tune in to hear Roger's fascinating background and hear his update on the efforts he is engaged in to help the travel and tourism industry get back on its feet in these unprecedented times.Website:  https://www.ustravel.orgLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerdow
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Michael Massari, the Chief Sales Officer for Caesars Entertainment. Mike has enjoyed a very distinguished and diverse career. He is proud of his humble beginnings at age 15 as a busboy at a suburban Philadelphia catering hall, which introduced him to the hospitality business. After graduating from Cabrini College, he became the manager of the same establishment and then moved on to the hotel business where he served in sales roles with the Sheraton Valley Forge and the Wyndham Franklin Plaza hotels (with a short stint in Boston in between) before moving to Las Vegas in 1998 to open the Venetian as Director of Sales. For the past 20 years he has worked for Caesars Entertainment in a variety of senior sales roles and was appointed Chief Sales Officer in 2017. Throughout his career, Mike has established himself as a trusted and respected executive in the hotel and meetings/events industry and has served on numerous boards including Meeting Professionals International and US Travel Association, among others. He earned his bachelors degree in business administration from Cabrini College and an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.In this thought-provoking podcast, Mike takes us on his journey from busboy to his current role, and shares his views on what it takes to be a good leader, in good times and bad.LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mmassari/ Website:  https://www.caesars.com/
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Don Welsh, the President and CEO of Destinations International, the world's largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations.A seasoned tourism executive with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Don joined Destinations International in March 2016. Since then he and his team have implemented a strategic realignment of the association with a renewed commitment to focus on delivering the resources members need in order to be successful. Prior to joining Destinations International, Don served as the President and CEO of Choose Chicago, and also held the CEO position at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and the Seattle CVB. Prior to joining the destination organization industry, Don served as senior VP for Westin Hotels at its corporate headquarters, and has also held senior leadership positions in sales and marketing for Westin Hotels and Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.In this fascinating interview, Don shares his candid thoughts and lessons learned during his nomadic career journey - an impressive run which includes United Airlines, hotels, destination organizations and the Continental Basketball Association. He also shares his views on the importance of DMOs as we fight to overcome the crushing impact the current Coronavirus pandemic has had on so many people and organizations in the industry.LinkedIn:     https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-welsh-76520b1a8/Website:      https://destinationsinternational.org/Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/destintlTwitter:        https://twitter.com/destintl
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP, the CEO of SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) and the SITE Foundation. SITE is the only Business Events association dedicated exclusively to the global incentive travel industry which generates about $75 billion globally. As Chief Excellence Officer, Didier leads the vision, mission and promise for SITE's global initiatives, bringing value to its members at both the global and local chapter level through networking, online resources, education, certification and advocacy. He also serves the greater business events industry as a prominent and involved architect of innovative resources and solutions to the MICE industry.In his distinguished career, Didier has held various senior level roles at prestigious organizations including Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He has engaged and served on various industry forums and organizations such as Joint Meetings Industry Council, Events Industry Council, Canadian Tourism Commission and United Nations World Tourism Organization. He was also instrumental in the development of the Meetings & Business Events Competency Standards, which was the backbone for the development of SITE’s competency-based education model for incentive professionals. In this podcast interview, Didier shares his fascinating career journey, his take on what makes a successful leader, and weighs in on COVID-19 and its impact on the MICE industry.Website:  https://www.siteglobal.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/didier-scaillet-cis-citp-1034b/Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SITEGlobal
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Podcast Volume, the production company which provides podcast editing services for Lessons from Leaders and many other podcasts.They are responsible for the clear sound and high production values that you hear on every show. For more information on their services, please visit their web site at https://www.podcastvolume.comOur guest on this episode is Jade Simmons. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Jade speak and perform a few years ago and her combination of talent, passion and inspiration has been wowing audiences around the world for years. Jade has lived a truly extraordinary life: she is a world class pianist, author, exceptional keynote speaker and a 2020 Independent Presidential Candidate. She has played renowned halls, performed at the White House, and is one of the rare classical artists invited to perform at the South by Southwest Festival.She is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling book Audacious Prayers for World Changers. And to top it all off, she was crowned Miss Illinois in 1999 and was named first runner-up at the Miss America 2000 pageant. A truly remarkable career.In this episode Jade talks about her amazing journey from her childhood through the present; challenges she overcame; her passion and drive; how to re-frame rejection, and why she chose to run for the Presidency of the United States.Websites:     https://jadesimmons.com/                           https://jadesimmons.mykajabi.com/operationrestoration2020Twitter:          https://twitter.com/jadesimmonsFacebook:     https://www.facebook.com/JadeMedia 
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Sherrif Karamat, CAE, the President & CEO of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). Sherrif also serves as President of the PCMA Foundation and Publisher of Convene magazine. PCMA is comprised of more than 7,000 members and is the world’s largest, most respected and most recognized network of business events strategists. As CEO, Sherrif leads the vision, mission and promise for PCMA’s global family of brands. He serves the greater business events industry as a prominent business architect, enabling the PCMA community to become a catalyst for economic and social progress, organizational success, and personal and professional development.In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of PCMA, Sherrif led the development and implementation of PCMA’s new vision: driving global economic and social transformation through business events. He oversaw partnerships, business services, membership, business development and technology teams.A leader in the business events industry, Sherrif previously served as Vice President of Business Sales and Services for Toronto Convention & Visitors (Tourism Toronto). He has served on various boards and is currently a director on the Destinations International Board of Trustees.A life-long learner, Sherrif earned his bachelor’s degree and Masters of Business Administration from York University in Toronto, Canada, and has also completed postgraduate certificate programs at Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. In this podcast, Sherrif shares memories from his childhood in South America, his transition to Canada, the career choices he made along the way, and what advice he has for professionals aspiring to reach the C-Suite. He also speaks candidly about the challenges surrounding the events industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherrif-karamat-822b821/PCMA:    https://www.pcma.org/Twitter:   https://twitter.com/SherrifK
Our guest on this episode is Catherine Chaulet, the President and CEO of Global DMC Partners (GDP). GDP is the leading global network of independently-owned Destination Management Companies and sales advisors offering meeting and event planners one worldwide solution for total event success. As CEO, Catherine builds and leads the standards, success and growth of GDP and its network of worldwide partners. Catherine has enjoyed a very successful and diverse career. Before taking on the reins at Global DMC Partners, she served as President & CEO of Krisam Group and Global Event Partners. Prior to that Catherine served as Senior Vice President of BostonCoach and Best of Boston - two subsidiaries of Fidelity Investments.Catherine is recognized as a dynamic leader with a proven track record of accomplishments. She is keenly focused on driving profitability, delivering customer service excellence, and building powerful brands. She has extensive experience developing high performing, cross-functional teams and is known for setting a high standard, forming collaborative work groups,and motivating employees, partners and vendors to perform at their best.Over the past 14 years Catherine has served as a French Trade Advisor with Conseillers au Commerce Exterieur de la France, and has also been a member of French Foreign Trade Advisors, an organization made up of 4300 French corporate executives, involved in international business.Catherine earned her MBA in International Business/Trade/Commerce from Simmons College School of Management and received her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Université Paris X Nanterre.In this fascinating podcast, Catherine speaks candidly about her career, including setbacks she overcame, offers advice to those looking to improve their leadership skills, and gives her opinion on what she sees as we navigate through the Coronavirus pandemic.Website: https://globaldmcpartners.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-chaulet-a4b6736/Twitter:    https://twitter.com/CatChaulet
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.com/Our guest on this episode is hospitality industry veteran Michael Dominguez, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), an organization that provides global sales services for an exclusive collection of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, cruise ships, destination management companies and similar travel partners.Prior to his current position, Mike served for seven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International. Prior to that, he directed sales development for Loews Hotels’ growing portfolio as their Vice President of Global Sales. In both roles, Mike provided strategic leadership, innovative business development, hands-on sales oversight and implementation of effective sales strategies in the MICE and transient segments. Over the years, Mike has been actively involved in a variety of industry organizations and has served on a number of boards including Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Travel Association, American Society of Association Executives, and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, among others.One of the best known and admired figures in the hospitality industry, Mike has been recognized with numerous honors including Smart Meetings’ Smartest Industry Leaders Award; HSMAI’s Top Minds in Sales and Marketing; and Hispanic Business’s “50 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.”, just to name a few.Mike is a much sought-after speaker to companies and associations within the MICE industry and beyond, and he has provided valuable updates and perspective on his social media channels throughout the COVID-19 crisis.In this podcast, Mike talks about his career evolution, challenges he faced, his definition of what makes a good leader, and his views on the current Coronavirus pandemic and its impact.  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdominguez080389/ALHI:       https://www.alhi.com/Twitter:    https://twitter.com/M_Dominguez
Our guest on this episode is Judi Holler, the owner of HOLLA! Productions. Judi is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and host of her own podcast series called The FearBoss Show. Judi’s diverse background includes studying and performing improvisation at The Second City Conservatory in Chicago, which inspired her to incorporate improv into her work. She spent many years in the hospitality industry working in a variety of sales and marketing positions for hotel companies such as Marriott, Omni and Starwood Hotels. She also worked for Explore St. Louis (St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission) before venturing out on her own on a full-time basis in 2016.Her first book - “Fear Is My Homeboy®: How to Slay Doubt, Boss Up, and Succeed on Your Own Terms”, was published in 2019. In it she shares valuable, actionable advice on how to accept - and even embrace - fear, so readers can start to live more balanced, successful, and fulfilling lives.In May 2020 she published her latest book - The Fear Boss Project: A Workbook for the Dreamers Who Dare to Live a Braver Life® - a workbook companion guide to Fear Is My Homeboy®.A self-described "Creative Entrepreneur", Judi is obsessed with helping people live braver lives and leaders lead braver teams. She believes freedom lives in smashing comfort zones. In this insightful podcast, Judi gives listeners a peek at what makes her tick as she passionately discusses her mission and why she decided to publish Fear Is My Homeboy®. Lots of great nuggets of inspiration!Website: http://judiholler.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judiholler/Twitter:    https://twitter.com/JudiHoller
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.com/Our guest on this episode is Carina Bauer, the CEO of IMEX Group, which organizes worldwide exhibitions for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in Europe and the United States. After graduating from Oxford University in 1998, Carina began her career in retail and catering, in the newly established GoodBean Coffee – a family owned chain of coffee shops located throughout the South of England. As Managing Director, Carina was in charge of  running the business, which grew to 13 stores in three years and was sold to a publicly listed company in December 2001. She then joined her father Ray Bloom at IMEX and was appointed CEO of the IMEX Group in 2009.  Throughout her career, Carina has been actively engaged in a variety of roles in the meetings industry including service on numerous boards for associations such as MPI, PCMA and SITE.In this fascinating and insightful podcast, Carina discusses growing up in the family business, her views on the leadership traits required to run a good business, and candidly shares the behind-the-scenes story of the heart-wrenching decision to cancel the IMEX Frankfurt Show scheduled for May, 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. LinkedIn:     https://www.linkedin.com/in/carina-bauer17/IMEX:          https://www.imexexhibitions.com/Twitter:        https://twitter.com/IMEXCarina
PLEASE NOTE: This interview was conducted right before the outbreak of COVID-19 across the U.S. As we all grapple with the severity of this pandemic, we hope that this podcast will help to nourish your soul and make you laugh a little as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Stay healthy and safe!Our guest on this episode is legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jimmy Brogan. Jimmy is revered in the comedy profession as one of the all-time greats - a witty, clever innovator who has a legion of followers. Jimmy's impressive background includes numerous appearances on the talk show circuit including multiple performances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman.He has hosted Laffathon on Showtime, Comic Strip Live on Fox, and hosted The Late Show on Fox after Joan Rivers left the show. For 9 years he was a writer and talent coordinator for the Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and appeared many times on the show with Jay doing stand-up routines, in written comedy pieces and in remote segments. As an actor, he starred in his own ABC sitcom Out of the Blue and has appeared in major films such as Punchline with Tom Hanks, The Informant with Matt Damon and Bridesmaids with Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.Jimmy is well known in the comedy clubs for his off the cuff ad lib-style act. The Los Angeles Times has called him “an absolute master at interacting with the crowd” and says, “he elevates crowd interaction to a high art.”In this podcast, Jimmy shares memories from his early career days and peppers the conversation with fascinating and funny stories about the comedy business, famous friends he has worked with along the way, and his views on how to find your passion.  Website:    http://www.jimbroganonline.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.brogan 
This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to https://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Paul Van Deventer, the President & CEO of Meeting Professionals International, the world's largest meetings industry association, comprised of more than 18,000 members. As CEO, Paul sets the association’s vision and strategic plan, leads the association’s global staff, manages MPI’s operating budget, oversees all membership programs and services, works closely with MPI’s Board of Directors, and serves as the executive liaison to the MPI Foundation.  Paul has enjoyed a long, successful, and diverse career. Before he became CEO of MPI seven years ago, he served in several senior level positions with Walgreens, American Express and Mitchell International.In this podcast, he talks about his career start, the choices he made along the way, and what advice he has for professionals aspiring to reach the C-Suite. He also comments on the resiliency of the meetings industry as it faces its greatest challenge in the face of the global Coronavirus crisis. He is confident that MPI will endure and grow stronger as we all emerge from this horrible pandemic and look forward to a brighter future.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulvandeventerMPI:        https://www.mpi.org
PLEASE NOTE: This interview was conducted right before the outbreak of COVID-19 across the U.S. As we all grapple with the severity of this pandemic, we hope that this podcast will help to nourish your soul as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Stay healthy and safe!Our special guest on this episode is Gabrielle Carteris, the President of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/ American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), the trade union representing approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, performers, recording artists and other media professionals. Gabrielle has been actively involved in SAG-AFTRA over the past 15 years and served two terms as the executive vice president of SAG-AFTRA following the merger of the two unions in 2012. She became president in 2016 and was re-elected in 2019.   As an actor, Gabrielle has enjoyed a long and successful career with a considerable number of credits in television, film, theatre and video games. She became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman for five years on the blockbuster FOX series Beverly Hills 90210, and has appeared in several feature films and more than a dozen made-for-television movies. She has also guest-starred on many popular TV series through the years.In this episode of “Lessons from Leaders”, Gabrielle talks about her career as an actor including disappointments she overcame, and gives listeners a “behind-the-scenes” peek regarding the changing priorities for SAG-AFTRA in the digital age, and the focus on performer safety in the #MeToo era where the entertainment industry has been at the epicenter of this watershed moment.Tune in for this revealing and compelling conversation with the leader of one of the largest unions in the U.S. and a successful actor who inspires us to keep chasing our dreams. Twitter:         https://twitter.com/TheGabrielle_CInstagram:    https://www.instagram.com/gabriellecarteris/
PLEASE NOTE: This interview was conducted right before the outbreak of COVID-19 across the U.S. As we all grapple with the severity of this pandemic, we hope that this podcast will help to nourish your soul as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Stay healthy and safe!This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, go to http://www.smartmeetings.comOur guest on this episode is Sarah Moshman, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America and other media outlets. Sarah was a keynote speaker at the Smart Woman Summit produced by Smart Meetings and blew the audience away with her talk.Sarah's career began as a field producer on the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars which she worked on for 10 seasons. She also gained experience on other shows for NBC, MTV, Lifetime, Bravo and the Food Network.From there, Sarah went on to direct both short and feature length documentaries including The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, which has been screened around the world more than 700 times. Her powerful and moving film Losing Sight of Shore was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in 2017 and tells the story of the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia. Her newest film, NEVERTHELESS, takes a look behind the headlines of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and follows the intimate stories of seven individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or school context. The film shines a bright light on this timely topic and uses the power of cinema for change. In this podcast Sarah touches on her early interest in film-making (and gives thanks to her Dad who serves as one of her role models), and discusses her dedication to telling stories that uplift, inform and inspire, as well as showcase strong female role models on screen. She speaks about empowering the next generation of storytellers, discusses the challenges documentary film-makers face, and relates how she tries to blend her business acumen, creativity, and passion in an effort to create positive social change. She believes strongly in the power documentaries can have in making the world a better place, and she is committed to bringing to the screen stories that matter.Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/sarahmoshman/Twitter:         https://twitter.com/SarahMoshWebsite:       https://www.sarahmoshman.com/Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/SarahMoshman
Our guest today is John Quiñones, seven-time Emmy Award winning ABC-TV Correspondent and creator & host of "What Would You Do?", the long-running, highly rated hidden camera ethical dilemma show.John's life story is both moving and inspirational. Raised in a Spanish-speaking household, he did not learn English until he started school at the age of six. When he was 13 years old, his father was laid off from his job as a janitor and John and his family joined a caravan of migrant farm workers and journeyed from Texas to Michigan to harvest cherries. Later that summer, the Quiñones family followed the migrant route to pick tomatoes in Ohio. John recounts that he will never forget the words his father said early one morning as they knelt on the cold, hard ground of Ohio's tomato fields: "Juanito, do you want to do this for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to get a college education?" With that question echoing in his ear, John pushed through obstacles and overcame significant barriers over the next few years to achieve his goal of graduating from college, and then earned a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.Since then, John has had an exceptional career. A fixture at ABC News since 1982, he has worked on critically acclaimed news stories and specials, including in-depth reports on ABC’s “20/20”, “Primetime Live,” Nightline and “World News Tonight.” He has met and reported on people from around the world who have overcome incredible odds and seemingly impossible obstacles, rising above hardships and traumatic events to emerge as leaders and successful contributors to society.Throughout his career, John has won the highest accolades, and has become a role model for so many through his work on "What Would You Do?" where he has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. Tune in as John shares his compelling story and inspires us to be the best that we can be.Twitter:      https://twitter.com/JohnQABCInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnquinones/Website:    https://www.johnquinones.com/Podcast produced by Podcast Volume: https://www.podcastvolume.com/
It's official!! The "Lessons from Leaders" podcast series launches on March 16 with Season 1, Episode 1. We are very excited that our first guest is seven-time Emmy Award winner, ABC-TV correspondent and host of the popular ABC-TV show “What Would You Do?" - Mr. John Quiñones.In the podcast interview, John shares a behind-the-scenes look at his highly rated, hidden camera show “What Would You Do?” and talks about how he rose from poverty to becoming the “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. Be sure to tune in on March 16. "Lessons from Leaders" can be found on all the main podcast directories such as Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play and IHeart Radio among many others.If you enjoy the first episode, please subscribe and spread the word.Host Michael Lyons is a professional speaker, actor, author and consultant. He can be reached via email at: mlyons@lyonspride.us. For more information, go to www.michaeljlyons.com or www.lyonsspeaker.com
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