Gen X Amplified with Adrion Porter

Gen X Amplified is the premier podcast dedicated to the powerful generation between the boomers and millennials. The podcast features valuable insights and conversations with Gen X leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs including: Jon Fortt, Lindsey Pollak, Tara Jaye Frank, Carmine Gallo, Ada Calhoun, Melissa Proctor, and many others.
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Jul 2, 2019

On this episode of Gen X Amplified, Ken Coleman, career expert, Ramsey Personality, and nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show joins us on Gen X Amplified to discuss his latest book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love.

During our conversation, Ken talks about his journey of pursuing his passion for communication and how he decided to write his latest book to help other get unstuck and their career.

Ken unpacks some key nuggets from The Proximity Principle, and also provides insights on how Gen-Xers can get out of our own way, so we can achieve the professionals goals we truly desire.

Ken Coleman is a career expert, #1 national best-selling author, and nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show.

Ken is also the host of the Entreleadership Podcast, which is a top-rated podcast founded by the only and only Dave Ramsey. 

Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, Ken helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality. 

The Ken Coleman Show is a caller-driven career show that helps listeners who are stuck in a job they hate or searching for something more out of their career.

Ken's second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love, with its practical and proven strategies, is designed to help people moving closer towards a career that they love. 

Key Takeaways:

  • What exactly is the Proximity Principle?
  • How Ken came up with the idea for the Proximity Principle framework
  • Who are the (5) five people categories that people need to be in proximity to, in order to get and seize opportunities
  • What are the key ideas you need to know in order to adopt the proximity mindset
  • Why fear, doubt, and pride are the three lies that keep many Gen X professionals in mid-career stuck and stagnant
  • Why cultivating key relationships is so key for career and professional success
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Ken's Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!

May 1, 2019

On this episode of Gen X Amplified, we’re excited to have tech marketing expert and proud Gen Xer, Katrina Wong, who is the VP of Marketing for Hired (

During our conversation, Katrina discusses her professional journey in the Silicon Valley tech world, leading up to her current role as Hired’s head of marketing.

Katrina also gives us some key insights about how to navigate today’s multigenerational and digital workplace as a Gen X leader. Which includes… why we all should lead by “influence” and not just by position, especially as Gen Xers.

Katrina Wong is true marketing expert with 15+ years in a variety of customer facing roles including marketing, go-to-market and revenue growth for both B2B and B2C SaaS / Enterprise software companies.

Katrina is currently the VP of Marketing at Hired (, which is a career marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. 

At Hired, Katrina leads all marketing efforts, including: brand development, product marketing, demand generation, user acquisition, lifecycle and retention marketing, content marketing, and communications.

Prior to becoming hired…at Hired, Katrina worked in marketing leadership positions across a variety of large organizations and other start-ups, including Salesforce, Taulia, and SAP.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Katrina’s journey transitioned from studying the life sciences field to marketing
  • Why Katrina felt the need to pursue a more purpose-driven career opportunity, which led her to Hired
  • Hear some of Katrina’s key lessons learned from working with some of the world’s preeminent tech companies
  • Why Gen X is at a critical and awesome stage in our lives as leaders, especially during this digital age
  • Why being a “servant leader” and leading by influence is the key to managing effectively in a multigenerational workplace
  • The value of peer-to-peer mentoring at work, particularly among Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Katrina’s Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!

Mar 19, 2019

For this value-packed episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion is joined by Chris Hogan, #1 national best-selling author, dynamic speaker, and financial expert with Ramsey Solutions.

During this interview, Chris unpacks his latest book, Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth – and How You Can Too. And why having a strong belief, knowledge, and plan of action can help anyone be on the path to reach their financial goals.

Chris Hogan is a national best-selling author, podcaster, and dynamic speaker in the areas of personal finance, retirement and leadership.

A former all-American football player, he is now serving… for over 10 years… a trusted financial coach and Expert, working side-by-side with one-of the most world renowned leaders on money and business, Dave Ramsey.

As an author, his first book, Retire Inspired, has helped thousands of people learn how to change their current money situation and make wise investing decisions.

Chris’s latest book, Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Lives – and You can Too, is based on the largest study of net-worth millionaires in the United States. ever conducted.

Chris also host the very popular podcast, The Chris Hogan Show, where he takes calls on retirement, investing and building wealth. With new episodes each week, Hogan educates, encourages and empowers you on your journey to becoming an everyday millionaire.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why did Chris decide to join Dave Ramsey and Ramsey Solutions after a successful career in banking, etc.
  • Why Chris and team decide to conduct largest study of millionaires ever
  • What are some of those myths that people believe when it comes to millionaires.
  • Why “sacrifice” is sometimes needed to achieve the financial goals you desire
  • What are the three (3) action points of becoming an everyday millionaire
  • Why Chris believes the best attack to budgeting and reducing debt is to attack the smallest debt first
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Chris’s Personal Theme Songs

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Mar 12, 2019

For this exciting episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion is joined by the one and only, Mario Armstrong, who is 2X Emmy Award winner, entrepreneur, podcaster, and the creator and host and the Never Settle Show.

During this value-packed conversation, Mario takes us along his journey from launching his career, elevating his entrepreneurial ventures alongside his wife, and also launching the first ever Facebook Watch show that has won an Emmy Award.

We also discuss chat about the challenges of entrepreneurship and the recommended solutions needed to make our dreams become a reality.

Mario Armstrong is a two time Emmy Award–winning talk show host, Digital Lifestyle Expert®, and a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY show, CNN, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, and Rachael Ray.

Mario is also the host of the Emmy winning Never Settle Show, the world’s first crowd-produced, live-streamed talk show with live participation from the in-studio & online audience.

Mario focuses on positivity, motivation, and tactical advice to inspire people to take action pursuing their personal and professional goals, dreams and passions. He is also a brand influencer, and a public speaker listed with Daymond John’s Shark Group Speaking Division.

His new daily podcast, entitled Wake Up and Level Up, kickstarts your day in under 5 minutes with a jolt of inspiration, advice and personal growth formulas.

When he’s not playing host, contributor, and expert, Mario is living a balanced life, playing husband and father, devouring sushi, meditating, adding to his metal lunchbox collection, and taking his “sneaker head” status to borderline obsessive levels. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Why Mario asked his wife Nicole to leave her corporate job to join him on his entrepreneurial journey
  • What were the core entrepreneurial tenets that Mario and his wife embraced to encouraged them to keep going, and never settling during those times of struggle and uncertainty
  • Hear the initial motivation and transformational moment that led to Mario launching the Never Settle Show, which is the very first Facebook Watch to win an Emmy Award.
  • Why it is so critical to START, and not wait until something is perfect before you launch
  • How passion, tenacity, and resilience are essential to achieving success and your dreams
  • Why you should find something about your passion that gets you fired up to help you move forward
  • Hear both Mario and Adrion’s affinity for the Rocky movies, and why Sylvester Stallone's story is a great inspiration for entrepreneurs and/or leaders
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Mario's Personal Theme Songs

Thank you for listening!

Mar 5, 2019

On this awesome episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion is joined by Chip Conley, bestselling author, hospitality entrepreneur, and strategic advisor to Airbnb.

During this great interview, Chip unpacks his latest book, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. Part manifesto and part playbook, Wisdom@Work outlines and amplifies a much needed conversation not only about ageism in the workplace, but also a rallying cry for those in midlife to unlock the virtues of this stage in the curve of life.

Adrion and Chip also discuss how Gen X is now in the prime sweet spot of midlife, and why that's a good thing! Especially being in the position to facilitate mutual beneficial relationships with younger generations, especially Millennials.

Chip Conley is a bestselling author, hospitality entrepreneur, strategic advisor to Airbnb, and the Founder of the Modern Elder Academy.

At the age of twenty-six, Chip founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and turned it into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. After selling his company in 2010, he joined Airbnb and, as head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Chip helped turn it into the world's largest hospitality brand.

Chip has also written numerous bestselling books including PEAK and Emotional Equations.

But his latest book, titled "Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder," was inspired by his post-50-year-old experiences as both a mentor and unexpected intern at Airbnb. And he is here to discuss not only his journey, but deep dive into this great book.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why Chip decided to join a tech startup at this stage in his career, after successful leading his own business
  • Hear the main motivation to write a manifesto that outlined his journey and stature at Airbnb as a "modern elder
  • How to become a mentor and an intern at the same time
  • Why the years of midlife as expanded since the term's inception over 40 years ago
  • How Chip understood that soft skills and emotional acumen, generally found in elder generations, is much needed in the workplace in addition to digital skills
  • The reason Chip created and founded the Modern Elder Academy
  • How Gen X can embrace its place in the current modern multigenerational workplace
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Chip's Personal Theme Song

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Feb 26, 2019

On this awesome episode of Gen X Amplified, Adrion has a great conversation with Tara Jaye Frank, leadership development expert, speaker, writer, and consultant.

During this chat, Tara walks us through her journey from writing greeting cards as part of the Hallmark Inc. team, to her current role as a leader and entrepreneurship.

We also discuss Tara's recent project of creating the #MoreThan movement, which purpose is to to facilitate deeper understanding between disconnected people.

Tara Jaye Frank is a highly sought-after speaker, thought leader, consultant, and Leadership Development expert.

As the president of TJF Career Modeling LLC, Tara helps leaders, groups, and companies define their vision and unleash human potential.

Prior to unleashing her potential and taking the leap into entrepreneurship, Tara spent 21 years at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where she was the youngest person the company's history to be promoted into executive management, and also became Hallmark’s very first African-American female vice president.

Now as an author, in 2015 Tara published her first book titled Say Yes: A Woman’s Guide to Advancing Her Professional Purpose– which was written as a tool to help emerging leaders reach their own professional higher ground..

What’s even more fascinating is Tara's latest stroke of genius and platform for greater impact, is the launch of her new project, #MoreThan, which is a healing movement that was created to facilitate deeper understanding between disconnected people. .

Key Takeaways:

  • How Tara began her 21 years working at Hallmark Cards, Inc. initially as a greeting card writer
  • Why Tara’s decided to shift her career trajectory at Hallmark due to a personal experience
  • How Tara’s extensive leadership  experience helped prepare her for her journey into entrepreneurship
  • Why it’s very critical to establish a digital footprint if you’re looking build a strong brand
  • How Tara allocate her business projects between speaking and consulting
  • How Tara’s own frustration lead her to to launch #MoreThan movement as a counter-narrative to the world’s despair
  • Why #MoreThan is also about peaking curiosity and igniting conversations to create impact
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Tara's Personal Theme Song

Thank you for listening!