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Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential. We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders. Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.
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Aug 12, 2017

Can you imagine leading a team of dozens of people, working together harmoniously, all at one time as a seamless body?  Ulysses James, maestro of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, does just that.  In this bonus episode of the Born Leader podcast, we talk about some amazing opportunities he’s had to conduct orchestras in fantastic venues.  And we learn how Ul pays it forward by giving emerging composers the chance to have their original work played by an orchestra – an opportunity to lead a team in something that is not only seamlessly harmonious, but something born of their own creativity.  It’s a perfect example of what we believe here at the Hypatian Institute, everyone is born to lead – we just have different paths towards realizing our passion, purpose and promise.

Thank you to Ul James for speaking with us about sharing music with the public for the benefit of others, and about cultivating new music leaders. If you want to learn more about how Ul creates seamless harmony, listen to the last Born Leader episode in which we speak about creating a culture of respect and excellence.

NOTE: The application period for the Hypatian Institute’s 2018 College Fellowship program begins August 18 and closes December 1.  The Fellowship provides an invaluable opportunity to build your potential, develop an asset-based professional brand, and gain the tools to construct and leverage a high-value network. College Fellows receive coaching, mentoring and resources valued at $3,500, plus modest financial support through the Fellows Fund.  We seek high potential first and second year students with a level of academic success that may not reflect their potential. Participation is free, but Fellows must commit to attending monthly meetings, participating in monthly one-on-one coaching sessions, and engaging in a mentoring relationship.  Keep on the lookout for the application in the next two weeks.

That’s it for this bonus episode of Born Leader. Thank you to Therese Arkenberg, who provides assistance on the business side of this venture. And thank you for listening. We’d love to hear from you in the comments section or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Key words: leadership, business consulting, organizational development, corporate culture, music, orchestra, planning, strategy, transformation, collaboration, teamwork, nonprofits, small nonprofits, corporate culture, organizational culture, dc, maryland, virginia


MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association - http://www.wmpamusic.org/


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - http://www.kennedy-center.org

The Great Meadow Foundation - http://www.greatmeadow.org

Hypatian Institute College Fellowship - http://www.HypatianInstitute.org

Jun 21, 2017

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this third episode, Ulysses James, Maestro of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association discusses applying the lessons of organizational development consuting to growing a small nonprofit. Throughout a Navy career and several years of consulting, Ul James never lost his love of music and, more broadly, the arts.  At the same time, it was those experiences that prepared him to lead and grow an orchestra – both his 20-year career in the military where Ul learned organizational development, and leading his own consulting firm where he put his expertise to work in the private sector.  It was a pleasure to sit down with the unassuming maestro to discuss the similarities between music and the military, the evolution of his career, and his second life leading the WMPA.

In the next episode of Born Leader, we’ll speak with Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, a retired Major General and the first female and nurse to command a medical clinic, and the first African American to be promoted to General Officer in the National Guard.

If you want to learn more about Ulysses James or other guests on the Born Leader podcast,or for a transcript, visit www.HypatianInstitute.org. Or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Talk to you next time on Born Leader from the Hypatian Institute.

Thank you to Therese Arkenburg for her assistance in production.

Key words: leadership, business consulting, organizational development, corporate culture, music, orchestra, planning, strategy, transformation, collaboration, teamwork, nonprofits, small nonprofits, corporate culture, organizational culture, dc, maryland, virginia


MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association - http://www.wmpamusic.org/

U.S. Navy - http://www.navy.mil/

Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument - http://www.herrmannsolutions.com/



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May 26, 2016

Born Leader - Episode 5: Building Businesses and Community Together

Lessons from Michel Zajur of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this episode, we welcome Michel Zajur, Founder and CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, an organization dedicated to building bridges to create, promote and enhance business opportunities for its membership by providing linkages with special emphasis on the Hispanic community.  Our discussion focused on the trajectory of his career and how Michel’s business savvy and commitment to serving the Richmond community evolved into a entity that fosters cultural and economic exchange.

We begin with the foundations of his work ethic, the challenges and rewards of growing a family business, and how the family business built connections with the community. Then Michel gets into the details of how how approached building the Chamber, his lessons learned, and the intersecting cultural education work of his wife Lisa.  And we wrap up the interview discussing what makes Richmond the ideal location for business and the Virginia Hispanic Chamber’s headquarters, and the mentor who inspires him and drives the philosophy behind the Chamber.

Also, we feature the first installment of our Two-Minute Leadership Moment. This episodes essay was inspired by Michel Zajur's interview, highlighting an interconnected set of ideas, or life lessons. First, you don’t get where you are on your own. The second idea is that you never know the impact your words or actions might have on others. Two things that have lead Michel to success and transformed not only his life, but many others.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments section or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@HypatianInst).

In the next episode of Born Leader, we’ll speak with Ulysses James, Maestro of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. If you want to learn more about Michel Zajur or other guests on the Born Leader podcast, visit www.HypatianInstitute.org.

Key words: business, corporation, globalization, hispanic, chamber, international, leadership, mentor, mentoring, networking, strategy, transformation, venture, spanish, education, community



MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - http://www.vahcc.com/

Asian American Chamber of Commerce - https://www.asian-americanchamber.org/

Richmond Chamber of Commerce - http://www.grcc.com/

Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce - http://www.northernvirginiabcc.org/#nvbcc

Passport to Education - http://www.vahccpassport.com/


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Nov 12, 2015

Born Leader Episode 4 BONUS - Babak Hafezi of Hafezi Capital
The Soundtrack of Life

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this bonus episode, I wanted to share a bit more from my interview with Babak Hafezi, CEO of Hafezi Capital. As we learned in Episode 4, his approach to business is informed by a global perspective and a background in conflict resolution and human rights. If you meet Babak, you’ll notice that he’s well put together, eclectic and sophisticated. After seeing photos of Babak on the web taking a spin at a DJ turntable, I was reminded of a friend years ago who revealed the song he always walked to in his head was Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. And so, that led me to think, “This dude has got to have a phenomenal soundtrack in his head.”

I’d like to thank international investor and consultant Babak Hafezi of Hafezi Capital for sharing the soundtrack of his life.  I’d also like to thank Therese Arkenberg for cranking out transcripts and making sure we’re taking care of business.

If you want to learn more about Babak Hafezi or other guests on the Born Leader podcast,or for a transcript, visit www.HypatianInstitute.com.  That’s H-Y-P-A-T-I-A-N institute dot com. Or follow us on Twitter @HypatianInst.

Key words: leadership, business, process, human rights, international business, globalization, b-corp, benefit corporation, social venture, finance, planning, strategy, transformation, networking, mentor, mentoring, human capital, scalability, venture capital

MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Hafezi Capital - http://hafezicapital.com/

Nov 5, 2015

Born Leader - Episode 4: Globally Focused, Human-Centered Business
Lessons from Babak Hafezi of Hafezi Capital

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this episode, we welcome Babak Hafezi, CEO of Hafezi Capital, an international consulting firm that helps its clients make distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in performance and operations. Babak is successfully doing what so many of us desire – he’s merging his personal and professional interests in his work. Through his firm, Babak helps new and seasoned entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses in domestic and international markets. At the same time, he’s the quintessential Renaissance man, with a deep interest in human rights and conflict resolution.

We start with the world of business and its intersection with his personal interests, as well as what American businesses can learn from our global counterparts. And, the universal challenge all businesses face – no matter the type – building a sustainable model. In the second part of Born Leader Episode 4, we explore how Babak combines his approach to business with the human-centered side of his work, where he draws inspiration (especially during those challenging times all entrepreneurs face), and how he makes sure he’s ready to learn anytime, anywhere.

Maybe you’d like to take a page from his book and choose three personal challenges for the coming year. We’d love to hear from you in the comments section or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@HypatianInst).

In the next episode of Born Leader, we’ll speak with Michel Zajur, Founder and CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which grew out of his efforts to support the community and share his family’s heritage with neighbors in greater Richmond.

I’d like to thank Therese Arkenberg who prepares our Born Leader transcripts and provides assistance on the business side of this venture.


If you want to learn more about Babak Hafezi or other guests on the Born Leader podcast,or for a transcript, visit www.HypatianInstitute.com.

Key words: leadership, business, process, human rights, international business, globalization, b-corp, benefit corporation, social venture, finance, planning, strategy, transformation, networking, mentor, mentoring, human capital, scalability, venture capital


MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Hafezi Capital - http://hafezicapital.com/

Natura Brasil - https://www.naturabrasil.fr/en

B Corporation - https://www.bcorporation.net/

Benefit Corporation - http://benefitcorp.net/

Uber - https://www.uber.com/

Lyft - https://www.lyft.com/

Amazon (rainforest) - http://www.brazil.org.za/amazon-rainforest.html

Nivea - http://www.niveausa.com/

Johnson & Johnson - http://www.jnj.com/

Target Corporation - http://www.target.com/

Walmart - http://www.walmart.com/

Silicon Valley - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Valley


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Oct 28, 2015

Born Leader Episode 3 BONUS - Tara Palacios, Arlington Economic Development
It’s All Arlington, Everybody Wants a Restaurant, and Plan Smart From the Start

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this bonus episode, we speak more with Tara Palacios, whose high energy and business acumen are the foundation for Arlington Economic Development’s unique BizLaunch program, the City’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network, and one-stop-shop for information on starting or growing a business.

One of the perks of launching a leadership institute with its own podcast is getting great material on leadership and development from our guests . . . so much that we can’t possibly squeeze it all into one episode.

Tara and I had a lot of fun and a lot of conversation because that’s how it always is with her.  You can’t help but leave her presence re-energized, well informed and in a splendid mood.  So, there’s all this extra material that I didn’t want to leave on the cutting room floor that I’m sharing between episodes in this BONUS track.

First, we go into little detour into history and regional trivia that I’m calling “It’s All Arlington”, in which we talk about the region and it’s contribution to post Civil War history.

Then, a theme that dominated my conversation with Tara was picking the right business, which led to a conversation about the often risky restaurant industry.  I’m calling it “Everybody Wants a Restaurant”. Tara breaks down the reality of starting your own eating establishment.

And, finally, we talked a bit more about the fact that most successful entrepreneurs Tara meets spend a great deal of time planning.  And, with Tara’s financial background, you know you can take the information “to the bank”. I’m calling this “Plan Smart From the Start”.

I’d like to thank Tara Palacios for being such an outstanding guest, and the ever steadfast Therese Arkenberg for cranking out transcripts and making sure we’re taking care of business. Our upcoming episodes feature international investor and consultant Babak Hafezi of Hafezi Capital, Maestro Ulysses James of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and Michel Zajur, Founder and CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  

If you want to learn more about Tara Palacios or other guests on the Born Leader podcast,or for a transcript, visit www.HypatianInstitute.com.  That’s H-Y-P-A-T-I-A-N institute dot com. Or follow us on Twitter @HypatianInst.


Key words: leadership, business, community, arlington, women, glass ceiling, planning, strategy, transformation, collaboration, team-building, networking, dc, maryland, virginia

MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Arlington Economic Development - http://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com/

Oct 21, 2015

Born Leader  - Episode 3: Strategies for Growth, Transformation and Change
Lessons from Tara Palacios of Arlington Economic Development

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this third episode, we welcome Tara Palacios, whose high energy and business acumen are the foundation for Arlington Economic Development’s unique BizLaunch program, the City’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network, and one-stop-shop for information on starting or growing a business.  Here sometimes unusual career prepared her to build and run BizLaunch, and she shares with us her advice about acting strategically and planning for success.  Her lessons from graduating in a tough job market, taking missteps on her first job, and becoming a valued collaborator resonate with anyone starting their own venture — whether business, nonprofit or public.

We dive into how Tara Palacios strives to be the mentor she never had and strategies for leaving a toxic workplace, as well as getting some pointers on how to assess whether you should start a business.  Then, Tara outlines how Arlington Economic Development planned and laid the groundwork for the BizLaunch program and it’s partnerships, and how this preparation has served her well as the program has taken hold and grown. And, she talks about some of the leaders she admires, how she engages in continuous learning, and the Golden Rule in business and life.

In the next episode of Born Leader, we’ll speak with investor Babak Hafezi, CEO of Hafezi Capital, who’s firm consults at the intersection of key operational functions — finance, human capital and strategic development. Special thanks to Therese Arkenberg who prepares our Born Leader transcripts and provides assistance on the business side of this venture.

If you want to learn more about Tara Palacios or other guests on the Born Leader podcast,or for a transcript, visit www.HypatianInstitute.com.

Key words: leadership, business, community, arlington, women, glass ceiling, planning, strategy, transformation, collaboration, team-building, networking, dc, maryland, virginia


MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Arlington Economic Development - http://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com/

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - http://www.gwhcc.org/

Washington Network Group - http://washingtonnetworkgroup.com/

District Taco - http://districttaco.myshopify.com/

Dali Lama - http://www.dalailama.com/

Whoopi Goldberg - http://www.biography.com/people/whoopi-goldberg-9314384

Think Food Group - http://www.thinkfoodgroup.com/

Michelle Obama - https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/first-lady-michelle-obama


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Sep 23, 2015

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this second episode, we welcome Karen Mulhauser, CEO of consulting firm Mulhauser and Associates. She has an incredible history at the intersections of science, education, politics and advocacy. From her early days as a science teacher striving to guide teenagers sorely in need of responsible reproductive health advice to advocating to prevent nuclear war to building collaborative women’s’ networks – Karen’s life has been the study in the evolution of a life that’s unexpectedly perfect in its trajectory. And she has some great stories that illustrate it.

Her firm combines the lessons of that unique history, delivering management and public affairs consulting services to progressive clients. Karen currently serves as Chair of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, where she has helped establish programs to inspire and recruit young professionals, mobilized support and membership, and advocated for policies that strengthen and reform the UN. She founded the Consulting Women network of professional women in DC, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Women’s Information Network, an organization for young, progressive, pro-choice women. And, when she’s not doing all of these things, Karen employs the principles of servant leadership, volunteering at local organizations and for campaigns.

The conversation begins focused on Karen's early days of teaching science, and addressing sexual health and preventing intimate violence.  Building on the social justice discussion, the show shifts gears slightly to civil rights – her historic introduction to it and viewpoint through the lens of a student and alumna of Antioch College. The show then delves into her lessons of building collaborative networks, leaning in, and taking risks on the path less traveled. This Born Leader episode concludes with Karen's reflections on the changes from the women’s movement, and she gives us a peek under her consulting hat as the discussion focuses on building effective boards of directors – especially for small, resource-strapped nonprofits.

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Antioch College - http://www.antiochcollege.org/

Consulting Women - http://www.consultingwomen.com/

Women's Information Network - http://www.winonline.org/

United Nations Association of the USA - http://unausa.org/

NARAL Pro-choice America - http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/

Key words: women, board governance, civil rights, leadership, policy, reproductive, rights, domestic violence, collaboration, team-building, networking, dc, maryland, virginia

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Aug 19, 2015

Grounded, Centered and Growing: Leadership Lessons with Cindy Shao of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Born Leader is a podcast founded on the belief that everyone is a born leader and there are many paths to discovering your own potential.  We explore leadership through interviews with and profiles about everyday people who demonstrate we’re all born leaders.  Hypatian Institute, Inc. Founder and CEO Gaea L. Honeycutt hosts Born Leader.

In this first episode, we welcome friend and colleague, Dr. Cindy Shao.  Cindy is the Founder and CEO of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, a regional chamber based in Northern Virginia.  Since it’s founding the organization has grown steadily – in membership and strategic partnerships. Cindy will share the story of her unusual transition from research in the textile industry to the business world, and her grounded, well balanced approach to leading an association that only continues to grow.

Hypatian Institute - http://www.hypatianinstitute.com

Asian American Chamber of Commerce - https://www.asian-americanchamber.org/

Key words: everyday leadership, leaders, business, community, asian, american, virginia, dc, maryland

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