Mike Donehey — Refusing to Let Your Platform Get in the Way of Speaking Truth

Mike Donehey’s journey as the lead singer of the Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North began after a near-fatal car accident where he was told he would never walk again. Donehey then picked up a guitar during his days in the hospital and began to write music. Now, Tenth Avenue North has built worldwide acclaim and sold an excess of one million albums to date. [I want a gentle sentence here that essentially, but maybe more gently says, “Despite appealing to a predominately white, evangelical audience, Mike hasn’t shied away from advocating around social issues like Black Lives Matter, immigration, and abortion in ways that can feel controversial to his audience. In this conversation, Branden and Mike dive deep into matters of faith, balancing your personal life while gaining fame, speaking truth to power in politics, as well as the importance of refusing to give up your humanity for the sake of a brand.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Benjamin Von Wong — Using Art to Make People Care

Benjamin Von Won is a world-renowned photographer who decided to use his talents to make a difference. He never set out to be a photographer, and he became one almost by accident. Nevertheless, in the space of the past 5 years since he quit his day job as a mining engineer, he’s earned a worldwide reputation as a brilliantly original photographic artist, and was even named one of four winners of this year’s Imaging Alliance award for Visionary Photographers. Benjamin now creates fantastical visual worlds through photography, virally promoting worthy causes, then posts them on his website so people can experience the creative process in a visceral way. In this conversation, Branden and Benjamin dive deep into the importance of using your curiosity to make a positive impact in this world — and figuring out how to do that in a creative way that makes people care.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Brooke Shaden — Art as a Mirror for the Creator and Observer

Fine art photographer Brooke Shaden believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes and experience into a representation of one's potential. As a self-portrait artist who emphasizes surrealism and imagination, Brooke has spent years becoming the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Brooke’s additional love of motivational speaking, writing, and education led her to bring the Promoting Passion Convention to life as well as The Light Space — a photography school for survivors of human trafficking in India and Thailand. In this conversation, Branden and Brooke hash out the belief that the greatest gift an artist has is to promote passion and share your unique self.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Amobi Okugo — Guiding the Next Generation of Athletes

Nigerian American Amobi Okugo is a professional soccer player (now a reserve for Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers), who is passionate about athletes taking control of their financial lives. After watching so many athletes go broke, he started an organization called A Frugal Athlete  — an organization helping increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among professional athletes. In this conversation, Branden and Amobi unpack how his journey has unfolded as a professional athlete who became passionate about educating and guiding the next generation of athletes in living a life well-spent.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Amber Rae — Courageously Befriending Our Emotions

Called "The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green and a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts. She recently published her newest book, Choose Wonder Over Worry. However, Amber’s journey to this point has been a winding one. In their second Sounds Good conversation together, Branden and Amber dive deep into why her life’s work has become about inviting others to face their fears, wake up to their truth, and get to the source of what's holding them back.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Shawn Askinosie — Our Vocation as a Force for Good

In 2005, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean-to-bar chocolate factory and never looked back. Shawn Askinosie is now regarded as a vanguard in the industry and recently was named “One of the 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World” by Oprah Magazine. In his newest book, Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul, Shawn shares how businesses can and should solve problems in the world, and how positive change begins with individual action. In this conversation, Branden and Shawn explore the idea that doing more is not enough, but work worth doing is.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Jacqueline Whitney — Sharing Your Story While It’s Still Messy

Jacqueline Whitney had a plan for her life. As a teenager, she was great at school, great at volleyball, and knew those would take her down her dream path. Everything changed when a series of injuries affected her ability to exercise for more than a few minutes and to be able to focus on her school work without needing to nap. Jacqueline had to learn how to deal with this sudden pivot. She turned to writing, and then eventually to Instagram, to communicate her story, her loss, her pain, and her questions. And one by one, a community of thousands of people experiencing similar struggles began to show up.

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Branden Harvey
Kristine Carlson — From Heartbreak to Wholeness

After the tragic and unexpected loss of her husband, Kristine Carlson resolved to find hope in the midst of heartache and her life has never been the same since. Kristine Carlson is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leader in the field of transformation. After collaborating with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson to create a publishing industry phenomenon with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series, Kristine is emerging as a profound teacher in the areas that matter most to the human heart: how to heal and how to love. In this conversation, she shares about her forthcoming book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero’s Journey to Joy, and offers a process for healing that goes beyond common prescriptions for getting through the pain of loss.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Rob Lawless — The Untapped Value of Human Connection

Rob Lawless set out to meet 10,000 people for 1 hour each in November of 2015. He wanted to learn about others’ lives and see what comes of opening doors for no particular reason. Leaving behind his career in finance and tech sales, Rob took a huge risk and made the bet that creating human connection is currently a more important foundation for his future than building his savings account. In this conversation, Branden and Rob lean into his journey that has revealed the human epidemic of loneliness, social agendas, and our deep need for connection.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Grace Bonney — Building Communities with Curiosity

Founder of Design Sponge, Grace Bonney, has lived into this question and found the answer in curiosity. Her daily blog, Design Sponge, attracts over 1 million readers per day while focusing on the creative community, with the goal of making the art and design world personal. She’s the author of two best-selling books, Design Sponge at Home and In the Company of Women and just released her newest project: a magazine called Good Company Today, shares her journey of building her business and why there is power in meaningful curiosity and embracing our differences.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Miles Adcox — Why Empathy and Self-Awareness Change Everything

Miles Adcox lives by these ideas: Empathy over action, love over agenda, and grace over advice. He is a speaker, writer, and CEO/Owner of Onsite — an extended care center for emotional trauma & co-dependency. He’s spent his life in and out of specializing in communication, personal growth, and mental health consultations to the music and entertainment industry. In this conversation, Miles shares about his journey toward self-awareness and empathy — and ultimately, how he got a PhD in himself in order for true healing to take place in his life.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Anjali Pinto — What Grieving Teaches Us About the Human Story

After photographer Anjali Pinto’s husband died suddenly at age 30, she didn’t turn inward. She turned to Instagram. Over the course of the past year and a half, those Instagram posts—one a day, every day—have become a kind of documentary project: a tribute to Jacob and an unfolding of Pinto’s grief. Anjali garnered the attention of more than 50,000 followers and eventually hosted an art show dedicated to memorializing the life of Jacob that made a profound impact on it’s viewers. In this episode, she shares her story of loss and grief and how sharing her story publicly has revealed the nuanced, complicated beauty of humanity.

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Kristi Karrenbrock