Building Grit Along Your Journey with Karen Wawrzaszek and Tony Crescenzo


Principal & Senior Director of Financial Planning at Sullivan Bruyette Speros & Blayney, Karen Wawrzaszek, and President of Intelligent Waves, Tony Crescenzo, joined us to discuss how they have developed grit along their journeys. Our guests also touched on being your authentic self, showing empathy, and not only learning from your mentors but mentoring others.


Karen Wawrzaszek, Principal & Senior Director of Financial Planning, Sullivan Bruyette Speros & Blayney


Karen’s Personal Wellness:
Painting and writing poetry


Tony Crescenzo, President, Intelligent Waves


Tony’s Personal Wellness:
Cooking and fishing

Speaking Your Truth with Erinn Roth and Jerome Allen

Author and Assistant Coach of the Boston Celtics, Jerome Allen, joined us alongside Founder/CEO of Ms. Jo’s Petite Sweets, Erinn Roth, for a conversation about strength through vulnerability, accountability, and getting your mind right. Our guests also shine a light on their personal experiences with mental wellness, their faith, and much more.

Erinn Roth, Founder, and CEO of Ms. Jo’s Petite Sweets
Ms. Jo’s Petite Sweets is a bakery, dedicated to Erinn’s late mother, that specializes in sweet treats and desserts.


Erinn’s Personal Wellness: Cookbooks and laughter


Jerome Allen, Assistant Coach of the Boston Celtics and Author of When the Alphabet Comes: A Life Changed by Exposure


Jerome’s Personal Wellness: DJing

“You can be impacted, really either way, by your media use.” In this episode, we continue our exploration of the relationship between media and mental fitness and the ways in which younger generations handle it. Jenn is joined by Sydney Brammer, a doctoral student and graduate part time instructor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. Sydney dives into her current research on the connections between body image, interpersonal communication and social media and how ’Z-llennials’ (part Gen-Z and part Millennial) are normalizing content that discusses topics such as mental health. 

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Plus, Sydney shares a personal tidbit on how she creates mental fitness balance in her busy schedule of studying, producing academic papers and teaching.


Show Notes:

00:00 Sydney Brammer, Doctoral student at Texas Tech University, introduces herself to the PMM audience, detailing what encouraged her to pursue a PHD in Communications

04:56 Sydney describes her current research – the connections between body image, interpersonal communication and social media; how she views the media as a professional and her findings

12:22 Jenn and Sydney offer commentary on objectivity and subjectivity in media consumption

14:58 Sydney and Jenn discuss how media movements have both positive and negative consequences, namely the body neutrality movement

21:10 Sydney defines mental fitness in her own life

23:49 Being a’ Z-llennial’ (part Gen-Z and part Millennial), Sydney expresses why her generation produces media that normalizes the mental health discussion, in sharp contrast to prior generations 

28:20 Sydney flexes her mental fitness muscles through scheduling time carefully, spending time with friends and focusing on creating balance between work and leisure

32:30 Sydney leaves parting words for the PMM audience

The Pursuit of Positive Energy with Maggie O’Neill and Bob Morgan


CoFounder & Chief Creative Officer at SWATCHROOM, Maggie O’Neill, joined us alongside President and Founder of Pivotal Moments, Bob Morgan, to discuss the pursuit of positive energy, adapting to change, and balancing the different aspects of life. Both guests also shared their experiences with mental wellness as entrepreneurs with creative mindsets.


Maggie O’Neill, Principal CoFounder & Chief Creative Officer at SWATCHROOM

SWATCHROOM is a creative agency that specializes in hospitality design and art.

Maggie’s Personal Wellness: Listening to music, painting, and dancing


Bob Morgan, President and Founder of Pivotal Moments

Bob’s Personal Wellness: Listening to music

We All Have a Team with Lisa Sun and Geoff Arnold

CEO of GRAVITAS Lisa Sun and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Rider University Geoff Arnold, joined us for a conversation on the benefits of working with a team, the power of practice, and ego being the center of our philosophy. The guests also touched on having a perspective that anything is solvable.

Lisa Sun, CEO and Founder at GRAVITAS
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: Puzzles and adult coloring books


Geoff Arnold, Assistant Coach for Ryder University Men’s Basketball Team
Rider University is a private university in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Geoff’s Personal Wellness: Golfing Addict