Have you ever looked at a building like the Shard in London and been in awe of the absolute dedication it took to make it happen? In this episode, we speak one of the structural engineers that made it happen. The amazing Roma Agrawal (author, engineer, TV personality, STEM advocate, professional podcast guest) talks about how she utilizes her multicultural upbringing in her career, what it was like being a part of the team that built the tallest building in the Europe, and her advice to students that want to have a cool career in engineering.
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In this episode, psychology professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek shares science behind success and the role of play in raising successful children. Kathy presents emerging research about the importance of play in learning and development. We discuss what success means and tips for parents in helping their kids become brilliant.
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is a psychology professor at Temple University and co-author of "Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children". Learn more about Kathy at her official website at https://kathyhirshpasek.com/.
In this episode, we discuss seven tips for success in the workplace. We discuss communication, deadlines, relationships, problem-solving and more. These solutions can help you prepare for the workplace and become a dream employee.
In this episode we talk with a business leader who is providing internship experiences and from a teen who has benefited from it. Graduating high school senior Greta tells how her internship at an architecture firm has inspired her and influenced her career aspirations. Casey Wyckoff, owner of LSW Architects and Chairman of the Board for the Columbia River Economic Development Council, provides advice for young people as they prepare for the world of work. We discuss career skills and why it is important to have hands-on learning experiences.
In this episode, millennial personal finance expert and author Erin Lowry shares her practical personal finance tips. Hear her story about surviving on $23,000 a year in New York City, avoiding debt and setting up for financial success. Erin shares clever tips and sage advice on how to get your financial life together.
Learn more about Erin at https://brokemillennial.com/.
In this episode we explore the field of law and learn how it can be a cool career. What training is needed? What are the types of work you can do? Collaborative and Family Lawyer Nancy Retsinas shares the good and the bad and her advice for aspiring lawyers.
This episode’s guest tells comical stories about her big mistakes in starting a business. From planning for retirement by age 10 to starting a cleaning company in college, Kristen Hadeed highlights the imperfections on her journey as a young entrepreneur. She shares why she encourages failure as a way to learn and how she learned to lead.
What skills are teens lacking in their personal finance? In this interview with Professor Brenda Eichelberger of Portland State University, we look at how young people can break down barriers to build financial literacy and reach their goals. We discuss how culture influences beliefs about money and what that could mean for you.
Musician and activist Simon Tam, founder of the world’s first and only all-Asian American rock band, shares his story in this episode. Hear why he started “The Slants” and how he built his career while working to change the world.
Teen entrepreneur and Junior Achievement alumni Kurien Thomas discusses the highs and lows of starting and running a business. He highlights his work on "Pick-Me-Up" through the JA Company Program, which helped him gain entrepreneurial skills and business savvy. Kurien shares his personal purpose and tips for others who want to start their own company.
What workplace skills do you think should be taught in school? What are the pros and cons of traits like assertiveness and humility in the workplace? In this episode, we focus on our central theme of work readiness and hear from a variety of people about what they wish they had learned in school.
From “Once Upon a Time” storybooks to a chat at the water cooler, storytelling is an effective way to get your point across at any age and in many situations. Communication skills are essential for success in the world of work. In this episode, professional storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung discusses the importance of storytelling and shares how you can get better at it.
Teen entrepreneur Jakayla Dixon helped visually impaired people in her community through her project with the Junior Achievement Company Program. Jakayla shares how she recognized and filled a need in her community and overcame obstacles to become an award-winning entrepreneur.
In this episode, gratitude takes center stage as we interview Cornell University psychology professor and pioneer in behavioral economics, Thomas Gilovich. Thomas discusses the headwinds/tailwinds asymmetry and his important research. He tells why gratitude is so important and what that means for young people.
While preparing for their futures, teenagers face many obstacles. One of the most common and often most difficult battles can be depression and low self-worth. In this episode, author Steven Grosso discusses his personal struggles. His advice on managing self-esteem has a valuable message of hope for all young people.
Putting mindfulness into practice can help young people prepare for the world of work. In this episode, Carla Tantillo-Philibert, founder of Mindful Practices and author, teaches us what it means to practice mindfulness and how it can help students learn and get ready for their futures.
Social pressures can often prevent teens from branching out and becoming entrepreneurs. In this episode, Carrie Wilkerson, a best-selling author, speaker and consultant, discusses the barriers that face adolescents and provides inspiring stories and advice for becoming a young entrepreneur and getting results. Carrie shares her stories and tips on learning how to work, market yourself and build relationships.
With technology and this information age, we always hear "the world is changing faster than ever". But is it? Today's guest makes the case this is not true. Todd and Evan interview Professor Robert Gordon of Northwestern University and author of "The Rise and Fall of American Growth". Robert, an influential economist, says US growth is slowing, and this has huge implications for your future.
We want our listeners to dream big when pursuing a career. This episode’s guest did just that – he grew up in a small town in Oregon and went on to become a giant in the music industry. Todd and Evan interview David Metzer, a Tony Award-nominated music composer, arranger and orchestrator who has a long track record of success. David worked with Disney as the arranger and orchestrator for "Frozen" and "Moana" as well as the orchestrator of “The Lion King” on Broadway. Hear from an expert on navigating a career and succeeding in a competitive industry.
Today’s guest has a passion for scientific discovery. Todd and Evan interview Amber Yang, who was awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award in 2017 for her work on a computational model for predicting the positions of space debris. Amber discusses her project, and personal stories related to pursuing science and the representation of women in STEM. From her experience on a robotics team to science classes, Amber has had to overcome challenges to find her success as a young scientist. She shares advice for girls interested in pursuing STEM fields.
A second in a series of teen-led recordings on performance characteristics, this episode is on the topics of gratitude and purpose, two traits that are shown in research to be associated with success. Recorded as a part of Junior Achievement’s new summer program JA NLX, students are featured as guests as show hosts. Staged in two parts, each group of teens digs into why it’s important to practice gratitude and what finding a purpose means to them.
Teens lead discussion on two key performance characteristics – grit and curiosity – that are shown in research to be associated with success. Recorded as a part of Junior Achievement’s new summer program JA NLX, students are featured as guests and show hosts. Staged in two parts, each group of teens digs into what the traits mean to them and how getting curious, being passionate, and persevering can help you learn and achieve more.
Todd and Evan interview Tina Seelig, a professor at Stanford University and published author in the areas of neuroplasticity, creativity and innovation. An expert on entrepreneurship, Tina has helped others use their curiosity and creativity to make their own luck. She shares her personal stories about being raised by a scientist, raising her own children and her work around entrepreneurship. Visit her website to learn more: http://www.tinaseelig.com/
Her upcoming book is called "Creativity Rules: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World" and is due out later this month.
Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, is an industry leader transforming education with the use of the web, technology, and Google tools. He shares his personal experiences growing up in a family living in poverty and as a parent, as well as his perspective on the importance of education and purpose. Jaime offers advice on preparing students for the future and for the world of work. To follow his work check out Jaime on Twitter @jcasap.
What are the secrets of teaching young people about money? How can you take a student from “I can’t” to “I can”? This episode’s guest has led a decades-long journey to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. Hear from Junior Achievement USA’s President and CEO Jack Kosakowski, who shares his personal experiences and the importance of hard work and life balance.