In the episode, Joseph Kibur, runner, founder of the Yaya Village and the Yaya Girls Program, tells the story of how he got into running, from his first race to how running kept him out of trouble in his youth. He recounts how his 1993 Canadian Cross Country National Championship win was unexpected. Joseph discusses the logistics of running competitively at Simon Fraser University with only three days a week of running training due to his injury-prone history. He reflects on how the lessons he learned from running helped him establish his successful NetNation Communications Company. Joseph describes his return to Ethiopia and his journey starting the Yaya Village. He explains why he choose to focus on helping female runners with the Yaya Girls Program instead of male runners. Joseph offers his unique insider-outsider perspective on why Ethiopian runners are among the best in the world. He provides insight on the power of letting go in finding one’s work-life balance. Joseph honors two of his mentors, including his Coach George Gluppe and fellow Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie. Lastly, he reveals races on his bucket list and upcoming projects.
In this episode, Kyle Finch and KamGi Chak, founders of Be Love Apparel and social activists, tell the story of how they met in Thailand and their journey creating their home in Topanga, California. They reveal what inspired them to start their apparel company Be Love. Kyle and KamGi discuss the power of the yoga community and how it has helped Be Love grow. They explain what organizations Be Love supports with their profits, including the LA-based Alexandria House. Kyle and KamGi reflect on the challenges they have encountered in owning their own company. They provide insight on how Be Love remains authentic in the fashion world. Lastly, Kyle and KamGi share unexpected moments of discovering their Be Love apparel and how they unplug from work.
In this episode, Ann Gaffigan, former American Record Holder in the Steeple Chase, Co-Founder of Women Talk Sports, and business owner, discusses her background in athletics from balancing competitive soccer and running throughout high school to the transition from high school to collegiate running. She reflects on being apart of history as she ran the steeple chase the first year the NCAA had it as a women’s event. Ann reveals the power of mental strength in her 2004 Olympic Trials Race, in which she set the former American Record. She describes how she turned the disappointment of her 2008 Olympic Trials Race to constructive action as she has helped raise awareness for gender equality in women’s athletics. Ann explains how Women Talk Sports is changing the face of women’s athletics. She offers advice on how to balance motherhood, training, and work. Lastly, Ann previews upcoming projects for her web development business, Gazelle Incorporated.
In this episode, Shanna Burnette, accomplished runner for the Oiselle Team, founder of ModCraft, and mother, discusses how she balances being a mother, company owner of ModCraft, and runner for Oiselle. She shares he running background from soccer in her youth to running collegiately at the renowned University of Colorado. Shanna explains why she loves Oiselle and has chosen to run and work with them. She reveals how ModCraft, her brand communication agency, began and the collaborative platform she has fostered between clients. Shanna provides insight on how to balance training with work and motherhood. Lastly, Shanna previews upcoming innovations for ModCraft and running races on her schedule.