Jamie Tworkowski — Bringing Your Heart into Everything

Jamie Tworkowski’s life changed in 2006 when he met Renee Yohe and wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms”. He posted the story on MySpace and began selling t-shirts as a way to help pay for Renee’s treatment. Now, Jamie is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and the New York Times bestselling author of ‘If You Feel Too Much’. Currently, he’s been putting his time into HEART CAMP, an authentic 2-day workshop inviting attendees to dialogue about their passions and personal journeys. In this conversation, Branden and Jamie get real and personal about the cost of putting everything into your work, moving courageously toward transition and new chapters, and why the greatest thing we can do is to choose to stay until tomorrow.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
CJ Casciotta — Getting Weird and Making a Difference

What if the secret about making a difference was getting weird? Author, speaker, and media producer, CJ Casciotta, has passionately give himself over to this idea. Today, CJ has helped some of the world’s biggest brands discover their unique identity and share it creatively including Lululemon, The United Nations, MGM Studios, and Whole Foods. He also spends time speaking around the country at places including TEDx, STORY Conference, and charity: water. In this conversation, Branden and CJ talk about his newly released book: ‘Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference’ — diving deep into the truth of how getting weird just might be the key to making the world a better place.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
DeRay McKesson — The Case for Hope

Civil rights activist, teacher, and author, DeRay Mckesson thinks hope is the belief that tomorrow can be better than today. As one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has spent his life working to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy-makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. In this conversation, Branden and DeRay talk about his book ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’ and his personal journey of advocacy and activism that has caught America’s attention.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Ben Higgins — Leaning Into Generosity Wherever You Are

Former lead on ABC’s The Bachelor, ‘Almost Famous’ podcast host, and global entrepreneur, Ben Higgins has spent years living into the question of how he can use his fame for something bigger than himself. However, nothing could have prepared him for how appearing on one of the highest grossing television shows would ultimately pave the way for him to accomplish his humanitarian dreams. Today, Ben’s work with the organization Humanity and Hope United, and his new social enterprise, Generous, has been the catalyst for creating sustainable, meaningful work beyond his life of fame. In this conversation, Branden and Ben unpack what it means to lead a life of purpose and generosity, the importance of getting angry about injustice, the burden of fame, humanitarian work, and living into the questions that inevitably come with faith.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Lisa Gungor — Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Lisa Gungor’s faith was the lens through which she viewed her marriage, music, and dreams—all of which the world witnessed through her and her husband’s Grammy nominated band, Gungor. Yet, when the lens was shattered through events like the death of a friend, the unraveling of a career, the loss of a worldview, and the birth of a baby girl with heart defects, it led Lisa to a tumultuous place — until it gave way to a new perspective. In this conversation, Branden and Lisa talk about her process of writing her latest book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen. She also unravels what it means to hit rock bottom, understand what suffering is, feel what love can do, and continue to open our eyes to wonder in the heartbreak.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Barrett Ward — Creating Sustainable Change and Second Chances

While living in Ethiopia in 2010, Founder and CEO of the lifestyle brand ABLE, Barrett Ward, saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. This experience paved the way for the rest of his life. Today, as the visionary behind the rapidly growing Nashville-based company, ABLE, disrupting the fashion industry with a social conscience, Barrett’s company now employs more than 300 women in Ethiopia, Peru, Mexico, and Nashville. In this conversation, Branden and Barrett unpack the importance of making an impact where it matters most, building a company based on radical transparency and second chances, and the importance of fostering an attitude of gratitude in your sphere.

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Jodi Ettenberg — A Nomad’s Journey of Painful Surrender

Jodi Ettenberg is a Canadian ex-lawyer who later discovered her passion in the world of food and travel. On her award-winning website, Legal Nomads, she’s helped people all over the world to explore the world around them, not with fear and suspicion, but with open-minded curiosity and compassion. However, after a spinal tap led to a cerebrospinal break, Jodi’s life of travel and food changed overnight — leaving her wondering if she’ll ever be able to live the life she’d built for herself ever again. For the first time, Jodi shares her wildly heartbreaking and powerful story on a podcast since the turn of events that changed her life forever.

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Ben Nemtin — Making the Impossible Possible

In a pit of depression, Canadian producer, writer, speaker, Ben Nemtin, and his three best friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable and starting what is now famously known as The Buried Life Movement. Ben Nemtin is now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and the star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured by major media outlets. In this conversation, Branden and Ben dive deep into how to make the impossible possible and why humanity puts off the things we really want to do in our day-to-day lives.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
R.LUM.R — Sharing the Scars Behind Our Successes

R&B singer and classical guitarist Reggie Williams Jr. never dreamed that his side musical project, R.LUM.R, would blow up — but it did in a huge and surprising way.  The internet found R.LUM.R and his empathy-driven music took off with the release of his 2016 single "Frustrated" — racking up over 39 million streams on Spotify to date. From his humble beginnings in Bradenton, Florida, to currently playing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, R.LUM.R’s hope has always been to give back to music what he believes it gave to him: a place of refuge, belonging, and release ever since his complicated youth. In this conversation, Branden and R.LUM.R fearlessly unpack the scars behind his successes and tell the truth about why empathy is the most powerful tool inside storytelling.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
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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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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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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