Calming the Human Spirit with Sheldon Candis


It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Filmmaker and Director at CINEPHILE ACADEMY, Sheldon Candis, joined us for a discussion on learning to do more with less, putting in work to succeed and developing your own definition of success.


Personal Wellness:
Meditation to calm the human spirit

Risk Versus Reward with Scott Thuman


Chief Political Correspondent at Sinclair and Full Measure, Scott Thuman, joined us for a conversation on understanding your place in the world, using past experiences to grow and measuring risks versus rewards. Scott also touches on the struggles that can come with living in the public eye.

Full Measure is an American Sunday morning political affairs and investigative news magazine series. The program is produced, broadcast and syndicated by Sinclair Television Group.


Scott’s Personal Wellness: Checking in with yourself and reflecting

Compartmentalizing with Robin Bronk

The CEO at the Creative Coalition, Robin Bronk, joined us for a discussion on the power of listening, the importance of the arts and communication as our calling card. Robin also stresses the value in breaking things down and compartmentalizing your thoughts.

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Robin's Personal Wellness:
The joy of contentment

Progress Not Perfection with Mary-Claire Burick


The President at Rosslyn Business Improvement District, Mary-Claire Burick, joined us for a discussion on the value of community engagement, the importance of self-care, and the significance of having empathy as a leader. Mary also gives tips for avoiding burnout in both your personal and professional life.


The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) is a designated 17-block mixed-use, urban center in the heart of Rosslyn, Virginia. Funded by a special tax paid by property owners within the BID boundaries, the Rosslyn BID provides services to enhance, grow and maintain the neighborhood through a public/private partnership with Arlington County. The Rosslyn BID provides high-quality, customer-oriented services for their 25,000 employees, 15,000 residents and 1.2 million visitors a year to enhance, grow, and connect the neighborhood.


Mary-Claire’s Personal Wellness: Surrounding herself with a positive group of people

Owning Your Gravitas with Lisa Sun

How do you take a difficult situation and turn it into something positive? CEO and Founder at GRAVITAS, Lisa Sun, joined us for a powerful conversation on the definition of gravitas, embodying body positivity, and exuding self-confidence.

GRAVITAS is a fashion company with a mission to catalyze confidence. GRAVITAS clothing emphasizes intelligent function meets size-inclusive versatile fashion.


Lisa’s Personal Wellness: Positive affirmations

Pushing Forward with Jordan Hill

Former NFL Player & Chief Community Officer at The Bridge, Jordan Hill, joined us for a conversation on struggling with mental wellness while in the NFL, switching to a plant-based diet and bridging the wealth gap through community.

The Bridge acquires old properties like schools, malls, and warehouses, then turns them into “eco villages” in the inner city. Its properties are intended to be totally sustainable and self-contained mixed-use “Eco-Villages” with housing, commercial/retail space, co-working, urban agriculture, innovation/education center and entertainment.


Jordan’s Personal Wellness: Eating healthy

Perspective is Timeless with John Simpkins


The Head of Musical Theater at Penn State, John Simpkins, joined us for a discussion on viewing wellness as a way of life, having perspective at any age and integrating mental wellness programs for college students.


John Simpkins directed the three-time Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway production of Bloodsong of Love: The Rock and Roll Spaghetti Western. He also directed The Black Suits at Center Theatre Group. In addition, Simpkins has been a part of several international and regional productions. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a member of the faculty at NYU – where he directed Sweet Smell of Success, Floyd Collins, A Man of No Importance, The Fix, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Violet, Urinetown, Merrily We Roll Along, Parade, Fiorello! and A New Brain. Learn more:”


John’s Personal Wellness: Slowing down and remembering to trust the process

Ageism in Society with Jay Newton-Small


Jay Newton-Small, Founder of MemoryWell, joined us to discuss the struggles that come with being a caregiver, how women are changing America and the impact of Alzheimer’s on mental wellness.


MemoryWell is a digital platform for storytelling that brings the skills of professional writers to the challenge of helping elders tell their life story.


Jay’s Personal Wellness: Running, meditation and therapy

Accelerating Innovation with Doug Anderson

CEO & Founder of DCA Live, Doug Anderson, joined us to discuss the demand for connecting with peers, the power of interpersonal relationships and pivoting his business during the pandemic.


DCA Live hosts live and virtual events that engage the people and companies that are driving growth in the Washington DC economy. DCA Live events serve the start-up/VC/tech, real estate, gov con, HR, legal, and nonprofit/association business communities in the greater DC area.


Doug's Personal Wellness: Morning walks with the dog and listening to podcasts.

Reputational Capital with David Mercer

"Every day is a new day." David Mercer, President, Mercer & Associates, Inc. joined us to discuss decisions guided by principles, the concept of rent-free space and the importance of taking care of yourself.


David Mercer, President, Mercer & Associates, Inc.
Mercer and Associates, Inc. (M&A), is a government and public affairs consulting firm in 1997. M&A--with emphasis on developing public/private partnerships--represents government entities and corporations on public affairs strategies, consults national and statewide candidates on strategy and operations, advises non-profits on advocacy and development and has raised over a hundred million dollars in public/private partnership funds.

David's Personal Wellness: Taking time for himself.