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Karen welcomes Julio Medina, the Executive Director/Founder and CEO of Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. a not-for-profit organization established in 1999 which works with men and women transitioning from incarceration. Under the leadership of Mr. Medina, Exodus Transitional Community (ETC) has served over 3,000 men and women and has become one of the most successful re-entry programs throughout the country. Karen and Julio will discuss his own 12-year prison sentence and how his faith in God and belief in his neighbors forced him to see the layers of pain that existed within each person in prison. Join us for this inspiring show.


1/12/2007 - "REFLECTIONS on the JOURNEY SO FAR"
Karen is very happy to welcome back the very first guest of Embracing the Journey, Kate Buggeln. As a Governing Board member, Kate helps lead the Business Council for Peace (, a U.N. affiliated organization helping women in regions of conflict and post-conflict build businesses to sustain their families and strengthen their abilities to foster peace. Present projects are underway in Afghanistan where Kate has led several missions and Rwanda where she last visited in the Fall of 2005. Kate and Karen will discuss her journey since October of 2005 both from the perspective of her personal growth and the growth of BPeace.  Tune in to hear this fascinating update.


1/26/2007 - "ROADSIGNS on the SPIRITUAL PATH"
This week Karen welcomes Philip Goldberg, a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. The author or coauthor of 17 books, he lectures and leads workshops throughout the country. Philip is also the Director of the Forge Guild of Spiritual Leaders and Teachers and the founder of Spiritual Wellness Associates. His most recent book, Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path: Living at the Heart of Paradox, was just released in paperback by Sentient Publications.  
Philip and Karen will discuss the perils and promises we encounter as we journey along our spiritual paths.  We also talk about Philip's own journey and how he has created a career that melds beautifully with his own spiritual core.  Tune in for a very interesting hour.


Karen welcomes David Riveness, founder and CEO of Corporate Jester and the author of The Secret Life of the Corporate Jester. The book reveals how to adopt and apply a "jester's perspective" to create positive change in organizational behavior and culture.  True jestership is not about wearing colorful costumes and entertaining others with jokes, but is, instead, a unique perspective into organizational impact.  Dave and Karen will discuss how the perspectives and behaviors of a jester can be understood and adopted by anyone regardless of their organization, role or position.


2/9/2007 - "FOUNDING A NEW LIFE"
Karen welcomes Tom Dailey. Tom was a founder at Discover Card, a unit of Morgan Stanley, serving for over 22 years.  He was a senior executive responsible for a multi-billion dollar division and a member of the management committee.  Tom Dailey is also the founder of Valtegrics, LLC which provides presentations, workshops and programs supporting values, integrity, ethics and spirituality. Tom and Karen will discuss how despite his professional accomplishments, corner office and money, he was not truly happy until he focused on discovering his own personal values and using them productively - for himself and others.

Karen welcomes Peter Reding, founder of The Foundation of Inspired Learning where they are changing the underlying philosophy of learning; from a criticism-based philosophy that focuses on what has not yet been mastered to an acknowledgment-based philosophy that celebrates what the learner has already mastered. The Inspired Learning Model™ articulates a clear and compelling set of guidelines where the learner is empowered and celebrated for every step of his or her learning process. Peter and Karen will discuss how inspired learning works in the classroom, the office, the boardroom and at home.  How support and positive encouragement make all the difference.

Karen welcomes Peter Ressler and Monika Mitchell Ressler, Wall Street headhunters, who share a powerful story of their personal transformation in business from mainstream capitalists to compassionate capitalists. These two veteran Wall Street executives will tell their story of being caught between two worlds that before 9/11 were never destined to meet: The Fire Department of the City of New York and Wall Street's investment banking community. Join us to hear from Peter and Monika how after the devastation from the tragedy of September 11, they rebuilt their Wall Street executive search business in the shadow of New York City's firefighters.  We’ll hear how,from these gentle heroes, they learned the extraordinary power of the firefighter motto: "In Unity there is Strength." Peter and Monika speak of the need for modern business to include the firefighters' code in its quest for profit.

Karen welcomes Mark Silver, founder of Heart of Business and author of Unveiling the Heart of your Business. Mark has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporate managers, and non-profits in the areas of marketing, sales, business mission, and just plain taking care of yourself and your business.  He also trained at the Jaffe Institute in Organizational and Business Healing, and is a Sufi spiritual healer and teacher. Join us to hear Mark’s vision of how in the process of creating profitability and sustainability in your business, you can deepen your heart and learn its own truth.  We’ll hear about Mark’s failures and successes that help him help others as well as how he brings an active connection with the Divine to his work. 

3/9/2007 - "THE SPEED OF TRUST"
Karen welcomes Stephen M. R. Covey, co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world.  Join us to hear Stephen talk about his new book The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver—a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, an relationships more energizing. Be sure not to miss this show as Stephen passionately delivers his message that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy.

3/30/2007 - "SPIRIT AT WORK"
Karen welcomes Judi Neal, founder and executive director of The International Center for Spirit At Work, author of Edgewalkers and professor emeritus at the University of New Haven.   Judi is one of the earliest pioneers in spirituality at work. The Center is a membership organization, and offers networking, publications, research, courses, and consulting to individuals and organizations.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to legitimize spirituality in the workplace and to provide resources to individuals and organizations that are committed to transformation.  The Center’s website,, is known as “information central” of the spirituality in the workplace movement. Join us to hear Judi share why she founded The Center in 1992 and what the landscape was like at that time.  She’ll also talk about her journey along the way that brought her to writing a new book, Edgewalkers, People and Organizations That Take Risks, Build Bridges, and Break New Ground. 

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