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Flip Your Script is a podcast about life’s critical turning points and how people find the inspiration and motivation to move forward and rewrite their unique stories. The show is hosted by Kristi Piehl, who flipped her script from an Emmy-winning journalist to a successful entrepreneur (Media Minefield) and speaker.
 
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Dr. Stanley Andrisse grew up in Ferguson, Missouri and started selling drugs at a young age. In his early 20s, Dr. Andrisse was sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug trafficking charges. The prosecutor said he had no hope for change. In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl, Dr. Andrisse shares how his father inspired him to pursue f…
 
At the age of 18, Aiesha Robinson was diagnosed with vitiligo, a disease that causes skin to lose its pigment. She was depressed, failed out of school and struggled to find a job. After years of letting vitiligo define her, she decided to make a change. In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl, Aiesha shares how she was able to overcom…
 
After seven years at her full-time job, Brittany Shillingford made the decision to turn her side hustle of making headbands into a career. When Brittany launched Bizzybcrafts, she had no idea how to sew. She never gave up, quickly learned and eventually fell in love with sewing. In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl, Brittany dives …
 
From entrepreneurs and New York Times best-selling authors to Peloton instructors, everyone has a story to share. Over the last year, we had the privilege of hearing stories from people who had the motivation and inspiration to find the strength to turn the page. In this episode of Flip Your Script, host Kristi Piehl shares updates on some of our p…
 
After working a corporate job for several years, Tomas Hromjak decided it was finally time to embark on the international backpacking trip he'd always dreamt of. However, after only a few months, Tomas was forced to change his travel strategy completely as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the world. In this episode of Flip Your Script wit…
 
Michael George didn't go to college with plans to become the Notre Dame Leprechaun or a Disney Imagineer, but he found success by saying yes to exciting opportunities and stepping out of his comfort zone. His path proves incredible things are possible when you embrace all the opportunities life has to offer. In this episode of Flip Your Script with…
 
Morys’ story shows just how hard it is for people to understand and accept that men can be victims of sex crimes. After escaping human trafficking, Morys was in desperate need of resources for survivors. He stumbled upon AnnieCannons, a nonprofit that helps survivors of human trafficking become software engineers. In this episode of Flip Your Scrip…
 
Amy and Pete Johnson founded Rock from the Heart to raise awareness about heart conditions. Following Pete's aortic valve disease and aneurysm diagnosis, they realized how few resources were available to people struggling with aortic conditions. Through concerts and events, Rock from the Heart uses rock music to inspire and provide hope. In this ep…
 
As a young girl, Jean Abbott was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After 33 years of countless doctor appointments, medications and surgeries, a visit to a new doctor flipped her script in a way she never could have prepared for. Jean was diagnosed with dopa-responsive dystonia, a condition that can be effectively treated with medication. In this epis…
 
From getting a toy washing machine for Christmas at the age of three to bonding over laundry with his grandmas, Patric Richardson’s love for one of America’s least favorite chores started at a young age. Patric has a laundry list of reasons why he loves this commonly-hated chore. Most importantly, Patric views laundry as an act of service. In this …
 
At the age of 13, LeAnn Steffl ran away from home. She left with nothing but the thought that life had to be better somewhere else. After spending time in shelter homes and foster care, she found her family, by chance and choice. In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl, LeAnn talks about her childhood in foster care, the importance of…
 
Annette McNamara never imagined she would be traveling the country in a school bus she transformed into a one-of-a-kind photo studio, utilizing her talents to help someone afford a wheelchair or find a kidney donor. As an award-winning photographer, Annette is using her project, Beautiful Strength, to help others be seen, heard, valued and loved. I…
 
Amanda Jacobson and her two childhood friends have combined their love for crime, comedy and wine into the hit podcast, Wine & Crime. With hundreds of episodes and tens of thousands of loyal listeners, Amanda is sharing more about how the three navigate friendship and business. In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl, Amanda talks abo…
 
Dee Hays loves shattering stereotypes. She is the President and CEO of Excellence Engineering, and now an innovator in the fashion industry. When a back surgery nearly forced her to give up her 500+ pairs of high heels, Dee invented HeelzFirst, a first-of-its-kind product that hugs your foot to your high heel shoe for comfort and support. In this e…
 
He dropped out of high school with a 0.9 GPA and worked 10 minimum wage jobs to support his wife and kids, including one of the worst jobs imaginable just to make $1 more an hour. So how did Todd Rose turn his life around to become an honors student, Harvard professor, author and think tank founder? In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi P…
 
Luke Carlson started his career as a trainer for professional athletes and is now using his knowledge to help everyday people live better lives. Luke is the Founder and CEO of Discover Strength, a boutique fitness studio that focuses on evidence-based exercises. In this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl, Luke shares his mindset as a bus…
 
From server to CEO, Julia Stewart’s resume spans each end of the restaurant industry. If you’ve eaten at Taco Bell, Applebee’s or IHOP, you’ve likely experienced her work. Julia is now adding entrepreneur to her career achievements. She recently launched Alurx, a wellness hub with information, advice and products all in one place. In this episode o…
 
When ELLE.com columnist R. Eric Thomas released his first book, everyone from Lin Manuel Miranda to Jenna Bush Hager raved about it. His memoir, Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America, brings humor to difficult topics as he shares his experience from struggling as a gay Christian to finding his soulmate in church (spoiler alert: he marrie…
 
The road to Harvard Law School was not an easy one for Rehan Staton. For years, Rehan and his family struggled. He provided for his family and paid for college by hauling trash and cleaning dumpsters. While many would say it was hard work that got him into Harvard Law, Rehan says it was luck, his attitude and the people he met along the way - like …
 
Kristy Sidlar was fit and active when she passed out while teaching an aerobics class. Doctors dismissed her concerns for years until she was rushed to the hospital after noticing an abnormal heartbeat while on a bike ride. Kristy was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and eventually had a heart transplant. In this episode of Flip Your Script, K…
 
Kara Robinson Chamberlain was 15 years old when she was abducted in broad daylight and sexually assaulted for 18 hours. After escaping to save her life, she helped police find her abductor only to learn he was a serial killer, murdering at least three women prior to abducting Kara. Nearly two decades later, Kara sat down with Flip Your Script host …
 
Shawntan Howell is a tall, confident and powerful Black woman whose mission is fueled by her own experiences and her daughter’s experiences with body image, bullying and racism. Shawntan founded the nonprofit Girls Are Powerful to help girls and young women embrace their individuality and empower one another. She talks with Flip Your Script host Kr…
 
Marisa Schulz has an impressive resume that revolves around helping people. She's a writer, urban planner, co-founder of the creative agency All Together in Chicago and has taught courses at DePaul University. But it wasn't until recently that Marisa started sharing her own story and private struggles. She had three miscarriages after having her fi…
 
Stephanie Reece became one of the most successful tennis players at Indiana University and was a five time All-American athlete. Professionally, she competed at the French Open, US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. Stephanie had no idea how her physical, mental and emotional strength would be tested when her ex-husband killed her two children be…
 
Pastor Stephanie Williams O’Brien, or Pastor Steph, knew as a young girl she was destined to lead. She grew up as the daughter of a Billy Graham pastor but didn’t see women in leadership roles within her faith. Hearing her calling loud and clear, she decided to forge her path as a female religious leader and eventually opened her own church. The ta…
 
The pandemic had a devastating impact on nearly 10 million working moms in the U.S. Chandra Sanders is a single mom, and like many, was laid off. Rather than scrambling to find a job, she decided to wait and let the perfect job come to her! After connecting with The Mom Project, Chandra became the Director of RISE, a program that helps moms access …
 
Beloved Peloton instructor and former Buddhist monk Sam Yo shares his journey from embracing his culture to motivating fitness enthusiasts around the world. Listen in as Sam talks about his experience in the monastery, the power of silence and the importance of showing up with positivity in this episode of Flip Your Script with Kristi Piehl.…
 
Known as the “Diva of Disaster,” Maryann Bruce has earned her nickname. From a tsunami to a plane crash to avalanches and earthquakes, Bruce has experienced everyone’s worst nightmares and has lived to tell the tales. She tells Flip Your Script host Kristi Piehl what event prompted her to change the trajectory of her life.…
 
Dr. Maja Zelihic has a long list of professional achievements, including being named a Fulbright Specialist, becoming a published author and serving as Department Chair at the Forbes School of Business and Technology. While her resume is impressive, it doesn’t list her most incredible accomplishments: escaping war-torn former Yugoslavia and living …
 
Flip Your Script is dedicated to sharing inspiring stories of how people have responded to the unexpected and rewritten their own unique stories. For the 50th episode, we are flipping the script on host Kristi Piehl! She won’t be asking the questions in this episode. Instead, she’s in the hot seat answering them.…
 
Gang raped by two young men at the age of 13, Madeleine Black’s life felt broken beyond repair. Filled with fear and shame, she sought refuge in drugs and alcohol and also battled an eating disorder and suicidal ideations. Black shares how she found inspiration to turn her life around and forgive her rapists on Flip Your Script with host Kristi Pie…
 
By the age of 36, Syn Martinez was a self-made man, climbing his way up from working in the mailroom to traveling the country as a successful sales consultant. The grind took a major toll on his body. He soon tipped the scales at 315 pounds and was faced with serious health issues. Rather than give up, Martinez found lasting fitness and family at t…
 
On paper and on social media, Nancy O’Brien’s life looked pretty close to perfect. But on the inside, she was absolutely miserable, beyond burned out and suicidal. Together with one of her closest friends, she founded The Happiness Practice™, a wellness program that aims to reduce stress and increase happiness. She shares her journey to self love a…
 
How do you get and stay rich in the United States? That’s the question Bill Danko answers in his book, “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy.” But Danko’s road to becoming a New York Times bestselling author wasn’t paved with diamonds and caviar. He shares how he turned his passion for consumer behavior into findin…
 
Dead or in jail. That’s how Darrion Cockrell thought he would end up after joining a gang at the age of 10. In and out of foster care, his life turned around after his football coach and his wife adopted him. Now, Cockrell is known as “Mr. DC” by his students and as Missouri’s Teacher of the Year. He shares how he was able to break free from his pa…
 
Natasha Miller, an event planning entrepreneur, focuses on what people see in front of the curtain. For her, that was a successful multi-million dollar business. In this episode, Natasha pulls back the curtain with host Kristi Piehl and shares how she overcame a pandemic-induced panic attack to fight for her business and life.…
 
Who knew when Nathan Apodaca’s, a.k.a Doggface208, truck broke down that his life was about to change? The factory worker jumped on a longboard and made a TiKTok while drinking Cran-Raspberry Ocean Spray and lip-syncing “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. His video went viral bringing joy to millions around the world. The fame turned Doggface into an influe…
 
After experiencing addiction, divorce and eating disorders, Aubree Nichols discovered her superpower - vulnerability! Her honest take on her experiences and message of self love resonates with thousands on Instagram and readers of Vogue and Elite Daily. The self love advocate and writer joined host Kristi Piehl to discuss the power of vulnerability…
 
Grab a tissue because Sheletta Brundidge’s story will bring you to tears. Five relatives were killed in a tragic accident and three of her four children received autism diagnoses. However, Sheletta’s story won’t have you crying from sadness. The radio host, TV personality and businesswoman will have you laughing as she, a comedian, shares her story…
 
What would you do for financial freedom? For Nikita Crump, she decided to live out of her Honda Civic. Limited by her finances, Nikita moved into her car, cutting out her largest expense - housing. Over time, she’s grown to love the simplicity of her lifestyle and wants to upgrade to the #VanLife. Her popular TikToks and YouTube videos have intrigu…
 
After a summer spent working at Starkey, Brandon Sawalich left college to pursue a career with the hearing aid company. Brandon worked through the ranks of the only American-owned hearing aid manufacturer and in 2017, was named President. His natural leadership skills helped him navigate challenging times keeping Starkey focused on their mission, “…
 
Barbara Hamburg was murdered outside her home in 2010. The police investigated, but no one was charged. As her family grieved, her son, Madison Hamburg, began digging into and documenting his mother’s investigation for a school film project. In 2020, Madison’s docuseries “Murder on Middle Beach” premiered to rave reviews on HBO. Kristi Piehl sat do…
 
Known for his sports commentary and dedication to talking about the issues on local radio, Henry Lake made headlines for his emotional on-air comments during the unrest after George Floyd’s murder. Henry became a national voice on issues like race, diversity and inclusion. This was nothing new for Henry; he’s been passionate about these topics for …
 
Mike DelGuidice grew up on Long Island looking up to the one and only, Billy Joel. Mike knew he was meant to be a musician, and began playing piano bars and fronting Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band, as well as working on his own music. Everything changed when Billy Joel heard Mike play and personally invited Mike to tour with his band. In this …
 
We’re grateful to have sat down with the New York Times bestselling author, Janice Kaplan. Before writing “The Gratitude Diaries,” Janice worked for Good Morning America and was Editor-In-Chief at Parade. After joining a gratitude research project, Janice penned her experience and inspired a new wave of gratefulness. In 2020, Janice released her bo…
 
In a newsroom in South Dakota, Tony Fleecs was creating on-screen graphics for newscasts. After hours, Tony would use the equipment to work on his passion, comics. After new management deleted his work, Tony took a leap of faith into his comic art and moved to L.A. He hustled for any job he could and has gone on to draw for comics like My Little Po…
 
Melissa Johnston’s Flip Your Script story began when she had her first-born daughter, Audrey, only to lose her at just 43 days old. Audrey was born with Trisomy 18, and as the first-time parents navigated the NICU and Audrey’s life-limiting condition, they noticed a lack of resources for their family. Three years later, Melissa learned of Crescent …
 
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