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Join psychotherapist Tom Parkes as he has meaningful conversations to help you build mental flexibility. Each episode will explore topics related to psychology, mental health, and creativity. With an open mind and a sense of curiosity these conversations will help you better understand yourself, others, and the world around you.
 
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It's time for our quarterly check-in with Jonathan Allen of Allen Wealth Management in Boone. We'll discuss stock market behavior at the onset of the Biden Administration, impacts of economic stimulus, more potential changes to the PPP loan program, and changes to tax deadlines at both the State and Federal level. Mind Your Business is produced wee…
 
As we transition to spring, many organizations are gearing up for their first in-person events in more than a year. Changes to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Orders have allowed for increased capacity for indoor and outdoor events, but what are event attendees comfortable with as they begin to mark calendars and purchase tickets? Th…
 
How can the competition serve as a cornerstone for student leadership programming? I talk with Western University's CLC leaders about their unique approach to using CLC as a tool for student leaders developing other student leaders. Our Guests Meg U’Ren began her career as a high school teacher and eventually found her way into student affairs. She…
 
Dr. Kaitlin Wolfert is the Coordinator for The Center for Student Achievement at Penn State Abington and Adjunct Instructor at Cabrini University's Master of Science in Leadership. In May, she will be graduating from Eastern University with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wolfert's dissertation examined the influence of …
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guests today are Matthew Boone LCSW, Jennifer Gregg PhD, and Lisa Coyne PhD, authors of the book, Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway. This book draws on the model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, delivering accessible skills to help people face their fears and build a m…
 
About Meghan Pickett & Dr. Bruce DeRuntz Meghan Pickett is the Leadership Academy Program Manager in the Center for Leadership Studies at Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also a Ph.D. candidate and a Scientific Advisor at Happy Spectacular. Bruce DeRuntz is the founding Director of Southern Illinois University's Leadership Development Progr…
 
About Bela Jevtovic & Dr. Dan Jenkins Bela was the founding executive director of the Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC), and an integral force in the growth and development of the CLC. Currently, she is Co-Founder and Co-Owner at BiG Comm E-Commerce and serves on the CLC board. Dan is Department Chair & Associate Professor of Leadership Studi…
 
Earlier this week, representatives from across Watauga County joined the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce for the first installment of our State of the Community Series, presented by Blue Ridge Energy. This four-part conversation focuses on community-wide projects within local government, education, infrastructure development, and tourism operations.…
 
"Let's create a question that we can't answer without living the definition." - Drew Dudley About Drew Dudley Drew Dudley is a leadership educator and speaker who focuses on creating value-driven cultures of leadership. His clients include some of the world's largest and most dynamic organizations, including McDonald's, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotel…
 
Barbara C. Crosby, Ph.D. is associate professor emerita at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and former academic co-director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota. In 2017 she received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Admi…
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Matthias J Barker LMHCA, a psychotherapist from Spokane, WA. He holds a private counseling practice and utilizes evidence-based approaches in his clinical work with adults, children, and couples from all walks of life. Matthias also makes mental health content online and has amassed over a millio…
 
Earlier this week, the State of North Carolina moved to Group 4 of its COVID-19 vaccination effort. Now, people with chronic health conditions are eligible for vaccination and can schedule appointments with any of the High Country vaccine providers. As more people become eligible for vaccination, having trusted and credible information about the pr…
 
Dr. Steve Mortenson is an award-winning teacher and researcher. Steve's mission is to help people help themselves by sharing transformative tools for building personal skills and relational effectiveness. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from Purdue University. Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Mortenson teaches and publishes…
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Diana Hill, Ph.D. Diana is a clinical psychologist and co-author of ACT Daily Journal: Get unstuck and live fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is also a co-host of the popular podcast, Psychologists Off the Clock where she has interviewed leaders in the field of psychology, mindful…
 
New COVID-related legislation is making the rounds from the State of North Carolina and the Federal Government. What does it mean for Watauga County residents? On this week's installment of Mind Your Business, we examine NC SB220 and the American Rescue Plan, and discuss the ways they will impact businesses and families in our area. Mind Your Busin…
 
Dr. Axel Meierhoefer is a retired U. S. Air Force officer and the founder of Ideal Wealth Grower - an educational organization helping people get away from exchanging time for money and building an asset-based portfolio using residential real estate. Through teaching, online learning, mentoring, and coaching, Ideal Wealth Grower helps members help …
 
During the Spring and Summer of 2020, with the police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Jacob Blake, and the Covid pandemic surpassing 215,000 American deaths, Peter felt it important to have another conversation with Cassie Schwerner about this terrifying and transformative new moment in our country’s history. We spoke via Zoom on Septem…
 
Frontline Essential Workers have moved to the top of the list in the State of North Carolina's COVID-19 vaccination deployment schedule. On this week's Mind Your Business, we discuss which categories of workers are eligible now, who becomes eligible next, and where workers can receive their shots. We also lay out considerations for businesses relat…
 
Dr. William (Willy) Donaldson is a Professor of Management at the Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business at Christopher Newport University. Willy has over 30 years of experience as a board member and president and has been CEO of eight companies including a publicly-traded company and an international joint-venture. Willy is the Founder and Presid…
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Dr. Mariel Buquè. Dr. Buquè is a Columbia University-trained licensed psychologist, holistic mental health expert, and sound bath meditation healer. Her work centers on helping people heal their whole selves through holistic mental wellness practices and on healing wounds of intergenerational tra…
 
In every community, things happen behind the scenes that have a tangible impact on our everyday lives. In the summer of 2020, the Town of Boone Fire Department saw its Fire Protection Class rating change after evaluation from the N.C. State Fire Marshall's office. That change in class has a direct impact on how fire insurance rates are calculated f…
 
"In the complex environment of the current business world, leaders often will be called upon to act against their instincts. They will need to know when to share power and when to wield it alone, when to look to the wisdom of the group and when to take their own counsel. A deep understanding of context, the ability to embrace complexity and paradox…
 
My guest today is Cory Allen. Cory is an author, podcast host, meditation teacher and audio engineer from Austin, Texas. His podcast, The Astral Hustle, where he discusses mindfulness, neuroscience, and philosophy has been featured by the New York Times. He has written a book called Now is the Way which explores an unconventional approach to modern…
 
At the outset of 1964's "Freedom Summer," the KKK murdered civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Schwerner's brother Steve and niece Cassie talk with Peter about the lasting impact of Mickey's death, and how inspiring it has been to see the civil rights movement's aims taken up with …
 
The Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative works to promote health and resiliency in our community and to effectively prevent, recognize and treat trauma by creating safe, stable, nurturing environments and relationships. Lead organizer Denise Presnell joins us on this week's Mind Your Business to discuss this year's annual conference, "Communi…
 
Laura Guilliam manages leadership research and development projects at Progressive Insurance. Her primary interest is the individual and cultural impact of emotionally intelligent leaders—creating and sustaining positive organizational relationships within virtual and in-office work environments. Laura brings 26 years of practitioner experience to …
 
Boone and the High Country have deep roots into the world of arts and music. Listening to an old Doc Watson tune, enjoying the book penned by a local author (purchased at "The Pine" of course), or savoring an artist's vision that's inspired by High Country surroundings, our area serves as an open canvas for creative professionals. Working Title Far…
 
Catherine M. Rymsha, EdD, is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she teaches courses on leadership. Catherine spent more than ten years in marketing and communication leadership roles ranging from marketing healthcare conferences to writing speeches on payment card security. She now leads learning and development for a soft…
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Dr. David Puder. Dr. Puder is a board certified psychiatrist and host of the amazing Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast. If you are a mental health professional, I highly suggest this podcast. Each episode is so well researched and presented that it is like going to a training each time you liste…
 
In 1972, Holtzman became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Defeating 50-year-incumbent Emanuel Celler, she shortly became the only Judiciary Committee member gutsy enough to ask Gerald Ford whether he'd pardoned Nixon as a quid pro quo, then filed suit to halt our illegal bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. She's still not one to…
 
The North Carolina Community College system is well positioned to support the local business community as we rebound from the COVID-19-induced challenges we all face. Dr. Mark Poarch serves as President of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, with campuses in Caldwell and Watauga counties. On this week's show, Dr. Poarch speaks about h…
 
Brad Jackson is Associate Dean of Strategic Engagement at Waikato Management School in New Zealand. He also serves as Professor of Leadership and Governance. Jackson has published several books — Management Gurus and Management Fashions, Organisational Behaviour in New Zealand, Demystifying Business Celebrity, and Revitalising Leadership. He has al…
 
My guest today is Jill Stoddard PhD. Jill is the founder and director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego, CA. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for anxiety and related issues. Jill cohosts a great podcast called Psychologists Off the Clock which I highly suggest for…
 
Director, playwright, author, and kickass warrior for cultural excellence Perloff met Peter in 1988, when she cast him as the seductively sinister Goldberg in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. The two discuss language, wit, doom, humor, childhood dreams of archaeology, and how the communal catharsis of fine theater helps us all survive catastroph…
 
What do all of these have in common? Join us for a fun and engaging conversation about the intricacies of leadership learning and education. Wax on, wax off. Dr. Bob Reimer is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the United States Air Force Academy where he helps students, faculty, and staff discover performance possibilities that they are missi…
 
Welcome to a special episode of Mentally Flexible with one of my favorite songwriters, Jake Klar. Have you ever had a song or album become the soundtrack to an important period of your life? That’s exactly what happened to me with Jake Klar's music. It was 2015 and I had just graduated from college. With no idea of what was to come next in life, I …
 
"If we are going to achieve freedom we’ve got to engage in action programs to make that freedom possible. Let nobody fool you about this. Freedom is never voluntarily given to the oppressed by the oppressor." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Jim Robenalt is an author, historian, and attorney. He's a partner in Thompson Hine's Business Litigation practice …
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Dr. Alysse Loomis. Alysse is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in the College of Social Work. She also has experience as a clinician specializing in early childhood trauma. Alysse’s current research explores the impact of early childhood trauma and other adversity. She is intereste…
 
Matthew Goodman and Peter discuss creativity, the undertow of corruption snaking through New York City's--and America's--history, and Goodman’s book The City Game. This, his fourth work of historical non-fiction, recounts a mid-century tale of college basketball triumph-and-tragedy so iconic, it inspired sportswriting's very first use of the phrase…
 
What's hot in the world of teams? Remote work. Virtual leadership. Teaming from a distance. David Burkus' new book Leading From Anywhere explores critical insights about doing this work well. About David David Burkus is the best-selling author of five books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated i…
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Dr. Menije Boduryan-Turner. Dr. Menije is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in California. While Dr. Menije has experience in a number of different clinical areas, she has made perfectionism a main area focus of her work. Dr. Menije as a beautiful way of using her own life experienc…
 
Karen Allen made her film debut playing Katy to Peter’s Boon in Animal House. On the road to that moment? Two hands seen typing all winter through a distant apartment window, a four-hour play in Polish, and an index card tacked up inside a Manhattan theater school’s door. http://www.vocalheroes.com
 
Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Kyle Buller. Kyle is a clinical mental health counselor and co-host of the wonderful podcast, Psychedelics Today. Kyle’s interest in exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness began when he was 16-years-old when he had a near-death experience that changed his life - we talk about this more in…
 
How can you work to be a better leader every day of 2021? My guest gives us 365 steps to get you there. About Dr. Riggio Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio is the author of more tha…
 
Ken Accardi is the CEO of Ankota. He's a technology executive with a broad experience base. Ken has served as CEO, CTO, CIO, VP of Business Solutions, Director of R&D, and VP of Process/Quality. He teaches at Babson College and has several specialties, including healthcare (specifically avoiding preventable hospitalizations for elderly at-risk popu…
 
Ted Baartmans consults leaders, government officials, and international boards in their presence and communication. He studied geography and cultural anthropology at the University of Utrecht and public administration and government communication at the University of Leiden. He also studied crisis communication at Northwestern University. Ted’s cli…
 
Welcome back to episode 7 of Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Tracy McCubbin. She is author of the book Making Space, Clutter Free and is a regularly featured expert on decluttering in the media, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Goop. I was interested in speaking with Tracy because there is no doubt that our inner and …
 
Dr. Stratton is the Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University and also serves as the president of the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS). He's an accomplished academic leader and teacher-scholar with experience in private and public higher education. Micheal's expertise lie…
 
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