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Gen X Amplified with Adrion Porter

Gen X Amplified is the premier personal development and leadership podcast dedicated to the powerful generation between the boomers and millennials. Gen X Amplified is part of Adrion Porter's vision and mission to change the brand narrative of Generation X, and help Gen X professionals maximize their impact at work, business, and life. The podcast features valuable insights and conversations with world-renowned Gen X thought leaders including: Gretchen Rubin, Carmine Gallo, Paul C. Brunson, Jay Baer, Marie Forleo, Brian Solis, and many others.
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Jul 25, 2018

On this latest episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion is joined by Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc., and the Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.

During this conversation, Rodney provides us with his story of growing up in South Dekalb Atlanta, GA, and becoming influenced by many life changing events that propelled him to greatness within a number of sectors – including the armed forces, law, politics, and philanthropy.

Rodney Bullard leads Chick-fil-A’s community engagement and philanthropic strategy as Vice President of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.

Before arriving to Chick-fil-A, Rodney served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting complex criminal cases. For his service, the United States Attorney General presented him with the Department of Justice Director’s Award.

Prior to this role, Rodney was selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s most prestigious public service Fellowship. As a White House Fellow, Rodney was placed at NASA working directly for the NASA Administrator. Rodney also previously served at the Pentagon as a Congressional Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

Rodney is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law, the University of Georgia and the Harvard Business School.

Now a published author, Rodney has recently released his first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Rodney’s childhood and community paved the way for his confidence and diligence in life
  • Why it’s never too late to act on your ideas and why we should focus on our own timeline for success
  • How Rodney’s first grade teacher went over and beyond to help him propel in school
  • How the White House Fellowship program became a pivotal point in Rodney’s life
  • How working for Sally Yates, the former United States Attorney General, led to Rodney actually starting and leading the Chick-fil-A Foundation
  • What Rodney calls the ” 9 Cs of an Heroic Heart”, which makes up the framework of the book
  • Why the time is NOW for Gen Xers to create change and make  a positive impact on the world
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Rodney’s Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!

Jul 18, 2018

On this latest episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion is joined by Jeff Hilimire, CEO and Co-founder of Dragon Army, a mobile and innovation agency, and the Co-founder of 48in48.

During this value-packed conversation, Jeff discusses his own extensive entrepreneurial journey from building websites in college, to co-founding and leading an award winning mobile agency. Jeff also provides some key insights on millennial leadership and also establishing a purpose for both your company and your personal brand.

Jeff Hilimire is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dragon Army, a mobile and innovation company that helps clients navigate today’s connected landscape through the use of new innovations and technology.

Prior to launching Dragon Army, he founded and sold two additional marketing agencies, Spunlogic and Engauge, within a 10-year span.

Jeff is also the Co-Founder and Board Chair of a non-profit company called 48in48, where its mission is to build 48 nonprofit websites, within 48 hours in cities across the world.

A graduate of the 2013 Leadership Atlanta class and a member of the 2012 Atlanta 40 under 40 class, Jeff is also on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and chairs the board of Central Outreach & Advocacy Center.

In addition, Jeff is on the Leadership Council and Conservation Society for Zoo Atlanta and Executive Board of The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending quality time with his wife Emily of 19 years, and their five children.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Jeff began a career in entrepreneurship, particularly within the digital marketing and agency industry
  • The reason Jeff created both his own personal mission statement
  • Why participating in the Leadership Atlanta program was a transformational moment that changed his life
  • The genesis and mission behind Jeff’s recent non-profit organization, 48in48
  • Why optimizing your time and what you focus on is key when it comes to starting and managing a business as a Gen X leader
  • Why Dragon Army implements an open communication and inspirational workplace environment
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Jeff's Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!

 

Jul 11, 2018

On this great episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion has a great conversation with Alicia (A.M.) Morgan, STEM/STEAM advocate, TEDx speaker, and social capital educator.

During this interview, Alicia tells her compelling story from being a little girl that was empowered at a very young age to discover her unique gifts - to becoming a leader within both the corporate and non-profit sectors. We also discuss the importance of Gen X leaders encouraging positive and productive relationships across all generations.

 

Alicia Morgan is currently the Vice President of Education and Programs at the Frontiers of Flight Museum located in Dallas, TX, Where she is responsible for managing the development and execution of school and public programs through STEM outreach initiatives, aviation and spaceflight history exploration.

Alicia, is also an honoree for the Women of Color in STEM Conference K-12 Promotion of Education Award.

She is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.

Alicia is also speaker, and has had the great opportunity to be a featured speaker at TEDx. Her signature topic involves preparing a global workplace that is not only academically ready but understands the importance of building social capital.

Alicia is passionate about helping others learn how “Leading With Your Strengths and Values” is the key to making your human capital the unique selling point that gets you hired through influential social capital.

Key Takeaways:

  • What were the greatest gifts and principles that Alicia’s parents gave her to propel her in the STEM field
  • Why Failure CAN actually be an option, but it’s what happens afterwards that counts
  • Why getting fired from her first non-profit role turned into a blessing and a better opportunity
  • How the movie “Hidden Figures” helped Alicia prepare to tell her personal story and eventually secure a speech at TEDx
  • How telling what is unique and authentic about your story is proven success formula
  • Why Alicia advises everyone, especially millennials, to focus on honing their social capital skills
  • The importance of establishing mutually beneficial relationships across multiple generations
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Alicia's Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!

 

Jul 4, 2018

On this latest episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion is joined by entrepreneur, author, podcaster, and Facebook Watch host Carrie Kerpen.

During this must-listen interview, Carrie takes us through her career leading up to becoming as a successful entrepreneur, and also provides some key insights from her manifesto for women in business, titled Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business.

Carrie Kerpen is the co-founder and CEO of Likeable Media, Kerpen transformed her company from a husband-and-wife start-up into an award-winning digital content studio. Frustrated with the traditional agency model, she invented a category that generates and distributes fast, custom content for large brands.

Carrie's leadership has guided the Likeable team to new heights—landing global clients such as Century 21, StubHub, and Airbnb; achieving Crain’s "Best Place To Work in NYC" for four straight years; and being named a Top 50 Ad Agency & Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses by WPO and American Express OPEN.

As a keynote speaker and columnist, Carrie's focus is the impact of the digital revolution on women’s professional careers, personal lives, and overall senses of self.

In 2014, Carrie launched “All The Social Ladies” a podcast for women to share career advice and insight into how social media impacts their personal and professional lives.

She is also the author of Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business, and the host of the Facebook Watch show of the same name.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Carrie’s internship with Radio Disney catapulted her career in Marketing and Media
  • The great idea to have their wedding sponsored at a baseball game
  • How Carrie and her husband Dave started their agency Likeable Media
  • The moment when Carrie decided to “work it” and launch her podcast
  • What are some of the key secrets to success, especially for Gen X women
  • Why Gen X professionals must do a better job at telling their story in the workplace
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Carrie's Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!

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