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I share one of the essential tools for self-mastery - understanding the difference between your inner critic and your true nature.  This is the first of several conversations I will be having directly with our listeners.   Soul without Shame Mindfulness and the Ego 
Leading Inclusively

Leading Inclusively


In this Season 4 Opener I spoke with Akasha of Cultivating Leadership, a professional coaching and training firm that supports organizations in developing the workforce of the future.  Akasha's deep interests in spirituality, adult development, and intercultural consciousness give him a unique and powerful perspective on leadership development.   We talked about how to help coaches find cultural common ground in developmental conversations.  I was also inspired by Akasha using an early traumatic experience as a catalyst for working with leaders to create more inclusive spaces.  Akasha also shared an acronym that gives us a pathway for repair when we have done harm. Leading Inclusively Lab Cultivating Leadership Susanne Cook-Greuter IDI 
Matt Scott is the Manager of Storytelling & Engagement with Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions.  Matt Scott focuses on passing the mic to those who often go unheard in the climate space.  In this conversation Nina and Matt explored how storytelling and data work together to shift thinking and behavior.  Matt also shared the five barriers to climate action.  Nina was happily surprised to learn Matt is a fan of co-active coaching!  Project Drawdown The 5 D's of Climate Drawdown's Neighborhoods
Beyond Right & Wrong

Beyond Right & Wrong


Executive Coaches Neil Edwards and Jeff Jacobson, guests from Season One, joined Nina again to have a conversation about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at this year's Academy Awards and the subsequent fallout from it.  Neil shared his perspectives on the overreaction of many white folks in his circle and the complexity of the situation for the black family.   Rules that were broken (or not) and patterns that remain in our collective response.  
Camille Lee is the founder of WearEmOutTees, a circular t-shirt brand focused on getting pre-loved tees back into the economy to help divert them away from landfills, which extends their lifecycle. She hand-selects each shirt and creates the vision for the images screen-printed on every piece.  Camille explains circular fashion and what inspired her to create a business that diverts textiles from landfills.  Nina and Camille also explored the ups and downs of running a social impact business.  WearEmOutTeesFast FashionWearEmOutTee on IGLet's Get Real on IGNina Simonds Coaching 
Kristy Drutman, otherwise known as “Brown Girl Green” is passionate about working at the intersections between media, diversity, and environmentalism.  As a youth climate activist, Kristy has worked with youth from around the world to create collaborative, intersectional online media with the goal of creating conscious, culturally relevant content.  Kristy talked about her experiences at the UN Climate Talks and the harm that happens regularly to BIPOC activists.  Nina and Kristy shared their inspirations and the importance of well being and mental health for activists.  Kristy also talked about why DEI is not just nice to have, but an essential safety net for BIPOC leaders in the green movement. Brown Girl Green Brown Girl Green on Instagram Octavia Butler Morgan Harper Nichols on IG
Carlos Deal is an entrepreneur, a chef and owner of Alternativeats, a restaurant with a focus on Navajo and Japanese food.  Carlos shared his vision for opening up a commissary kitchen and developing the next generation of chefs in his community.  Nina and Carlos talked about the importance of local foods in addressing our carbon footprint.  Nina also learned what a hoop house is.  Alternativeats Facebook pageChange Labs Uranium Poisoning on Navajo NationPeabody Mine Shutdown
Dr. Irina Feygina is a social psychologist who applies behavioral science and facilitation approaches to climate change policy and program development.  She served as the Director of Behavioral Science and Assessment at Climate Central, and as a fellow on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.  Irina joins Let's Get Real to talk about how our need for belonging affects our belief in climate change,  how some of our core assumptions endanger us, and what actually influences people to take positive action.  Nina and Irina also talk about what it really takes to have productive conversations with people who have different beliefs than our own.  Irina shared openly about her own struggle to integrate the scientific method with more intuitive ways of knowing and how her own inner work mirrors what needs to happen in society.   Process WorkPolarity Management The Master and his Emissary  
Andy and Nina talk about the impetus behind a season about climate activism.  Nina busts some climate change myths and the two of them riff about how sustainability is influencing their plans to buy or build their next home.   Andy shares a bit about his recording methodology. Nina also gives a sneak peak into some future episodes of Season Three.Drawdown Project The Last Glacier
Melanie Larkins is an ESG expert with 20 years  partnering with clients,  senior executives and governments to implement sustainable strategies.   She is also a wellness and peak performance coach integrating yoga, meditation, and various healing modalities into her work with high performers.  Nina and Melanie explored the connection between self care and care for the planet.  They also talked about how to address burnout at the individual level as well as systemically.  Melanie also shared what makes sustainability so compelling for business.  Melanie's Website All We Can Save Doughnut Economics 
David O'Leary is a wealth management expert, impact investment professional, public speaker, and writer.  David spends his time as Founder & Principal of Kind Wealth, a holistic wealth management practice helping early to mid-career Canadians manage their money in a way that matches their values.  Nina spoke with David O'Leary about how to put our money where are values are and make investing a form of activism.  David and Nina also shared stories about how our attitudes about money influence our choices.   David explained what Environment Social Governance (ESG) criteria are,  the bottleneck to more social impact investing, and the power of newer forms of financing such as microlending.  Dave’s Impact Investing Podcast  Kind Wealth Dave's Resources for Impact Investing James Baldwin QuoteSoul of Money  Muhammad Yunus  
For the Season 3 Opener, Nina interviews Lilly Tong, climate creative and activist and host of Make Peas Not Beef.  Lilly is passionate about building smart cities that leverage sustainable practices and technological innovation to combat climate change.  In this conversation Lilly and Nina talked about the importance of optimism to being a climate activist.  They also riffed on veganism, reducing use of plastic and the privilege of clean drinking water.  Finally, Lilly shared the three things that all of us can do to be climate activists.   Food for Thought Podcast Make Peas Not Beef Game Changers Documentary Betsy Rosenberg The Drawdown Project Blueland Dropps
Robin Lacambra is a social justice advocate and movement educator and the founder of GOODBODYFEEL, a studio that offers accessible, inclusive and decolonized movement classes that build self-awareness, strength and community.  Robin shared how inclusivity informs both her parenting and her leadership.  Nina and Robin talked about how essential embodiment is to our collective liberation.  Robin spoke eloquently about the difference between true joy and what she calls "toxic positivity."  They also riffed about the power in deconstructing binary thinking in our personal lives and in our activism.   GOODBODYFEEL
Nina and Andy chat about how to protect and improve voter rights here in the United States and why it matters now more than ever to get involved.  They also talked about how they choose guests for the pod and whether the format is more interview or conversation.   They also shared some BIG personal news before announcing the theme for Season Three. Contact your U.S. Senator
Rebecca Scott is a leadership coach and catalyst with Cultivating Leadership.  She also brings humor, vulnerability and grace to her daily struggles with Multiple Sclerosis through her blog Stumblr.  In this episode Rebecca shared the mindsets and habits she uses to deal with MS and how she applies what she is learning to her work with leaders.  Nina and Rebecca also geeked out about adult development theory and how it has helped both of them grow.  They also came up with a new definition for moderation.  
Richard Hurt was elected to Aliso Viejo City Council in 2020, the first black person to be elected to local office in South Orange County, California.  Nina and Richard talked about their hopes for racial equity in the United States and the importance of staying in the conversation.   Richard about his early experiences getting things done for Aliso Viejo and what gives him hope for the future. Kathryn FinneyLeadership and Self DeceptionClint Smith 
Seena Hodges is the founder of The Woke Coach, an organization that helps clients have a deeper understanding of how the legacy of racism and injustice affect us all.  Ms. Hodges and her team engage with clients to facilitate conversations that live at the intersection of equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and empowerment.   She shared the specific distinctions between being an ally and an accomplice.  Nina and Seena also got real about what it will take for friendships between white women and black women to be more common.    The Woke CoachLeading through Complexity Peer Group The Autobiography of Malcolm XFinding your Roots 
In this episode Nina shares more about Season 2 and interviews a very special guest, her daughter Layne Bower.  Layne is a Senior at the University of Minnesota and is the president of the College of Liberal Arts Student Board.   Layne asked her mom the five questions that Nina has been asking each guest this season. Nina and Layne also talked about what makes their relationship unique and how Nina came up with the title for the show.  
Eric Kohner is an internationally recognized executive coach and keynote speaker. He founded EKCOsystem, a global corporate training company dedicated to bringing the human being into business. He brings heart skills to high-level executives in global organizations such as the US Navy, Capgemini, and ING and is a pioneer of the coaching profession.  Eric shared candidly about how he is learning to work with his own privilege in his work with emerging talent.   Nina and Eric explored some of the taboo topics in leadership development.  They also discussed why it's more important than ever for leaders to be BADASS.  Eric's WebsiteSeven SecondsBryan StevensonLeading through Complexity White Fragility
Toronto-based executive coaches Joanna Cotton and Grace Churchill are the founders of the Do Good Collective, a community for women who want to create meaningful connections and change the world.  Grace and Joanna shared their insights about what professional women need most right now.  Nina also found out what helps them thrive as a partnership, and they got real about their reactive patterns.  Grace and Joanna were also candid about what it's like to face another lockdown just as the United States seems to be emerging out of the pandemic.  Women Rising (Do Good Collective's May Session) About NinaLet's Get Real on InstagramDo Good Collective Facebook Page ORSCFor All Mankind (on Apple+)
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