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Day in the Life of Jacob Breach, Speechwriter for the Dept of Defense

Jacob and I first met in college during our Purdue days and it’s been fascinating to see him grow in a career he’s so passionate about.

When I first started making a list of potential people to interview, Jacob was at the top of my list since his career as a Speechwriter for the Department of Defense is vastly different than mine (or anyone else I know!).

It’s a super fascinating conversation and I’m excited for you to tune in!

Jacob Breach | Speechwriter for the Dept of Defense: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Speechwriter for the Dept. of Defense? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interviewing Jacob Breach to find out!

Jacob Breach | Speechwriter for the Dept of Defense

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • How Jake got into working for the government.
  • How he fell into his current role being a Speechwriter for the Dept. of Defense.
  • His tips on becoming a better writer.
  • How he starts his day and what websites he first checks in the morning.
  • The difference between working in politics and working for the government.
  • His thoughts on political dramas on tv and how accurate it is to real life.
  • One of his biggest struggles working for the government.
  • Resources he pulls from to help him start to create the pieces he’s writing
  • What he thinks people misconceive about working in the government and a speechwriter.
  • The time he felt most intimidated while working in the government.
  • The importance of communication skills in our world today.

Jacob Breach is the speechwriter to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a national security professional and public affairs officer with the U.S. Department of Defense. He has written for two directors, Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, USA, and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, USMC. Previously, he served as a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House, on the personal staff of a Member of Congress, and with the Department of State. He is a photographer in his spare time.

Jacob’s speeches have been delivered around the world, and have covered topics as diverse as geopolitics, security challenges, technological and organizational adaptation, mentorship, and lessons from American history. At the White House, Jacob served as a staff officer and editor for the National Security Advisor and the President of the United States, reviewing briefing memos, directives, and reports to Congress. He managed the briefing paper process for presidential trips to Jamaica, Panama, and France.

Jacob earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University with majors in Political Science and History. His graduate thesis was a historical comparative study of the early 20th and 21st Centuries to forecast possible emerging threats to the United States and develop strategic warning indicators for conflict.

Previously, Jacob worked for the House of Representatives with Congressman Joe Heck. He began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2011 and served on the National Security Council staff from 2014-2015.

Jacob is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Theta Tau Fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. He is also an alumnus of the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Jacob is an Eagle Scout as well.

Key takeaways from this episode

“No assignment I work on is ever the same.” – Jacob Breach
I do thrive on getting to work on new and exciting projects. - Jacob Breach Click To Tweet
“There is an exhilaration of having to turn something around really fast. The pressure can be exciting.” – Jacob Breach

Sometimes the urgent drowns out the important. - Jacob Breach Click To Tweet
“Our job is to execute the government’s policies and not think about politics at all.” – Jacob Breach

“I like to view my job as contributing to protecting the people of the United States and protecting our national interests.” – Jacob Breach

“A speech is a story. It’s starting at one point and getting your audience to another point and getting them to accept your premise along the way.” – Jacob Breach

“At the end of the day, our customers are citizens of the United States. We’re trying to keep this country safe.” – Jacob Breach

“There’s a lot of people in D.C. and around the world who are just trying to keep this country safe and so that we can live our lives free.” – Jacob Breach

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Day in the Life of Katie Hunt, Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp

Katie Hunt of Tradeshow Bootcamp was one of my first PR clients that I started working with late last year and I’m so honored to be a part of her incredible team.

If you aren’t familiar Katie, Tradeshow Bootcamp offers educational workshops (both online and in person!) to creative entrepreneurs who want to learn how to sell wholesale, exhibit at tradeshows, and learn about a variety of business topics.

She’s coached over 700 brands, some of who have products in Anthropologie, Hallmark, Target, and more. The TSBC alumni community and the support they have for one another is exceptional and I feel super lucky to get to be a part of it.

P.S. Katie just launched Paper Camp+ On-Demand, an online program to help you streamline, systematize, and scale your business. Definitely check it out if you’re a creative entrepreneur!

Katie Hunt | Founder Tradeshow Bootcamp | Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for Katie Hunt, the Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp? Now’s your chance! Tune in this episode Day in the Life podcast to find out what a day is like for Katie Hunt!

Katie Hunt | Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why she doesn’t schedule meetings before 10am.
  • How her and her husband tag team the mornings.
  • What she prioritizes on her to-do list.
  • Her experience in her corporate job in the law industry and the transition working as a creative entrepreneur.
  • How Tradeshow Bootcamp came to be and what motivated her to start this business.
  • The moment she felt ready enough to finally leave her full-time corporate job and take her business full-time.
  • Why she doesn’t outsource her social media management for the TSBC brand.
  • One of her biggest struggles she’s had running a business and being an entrepreneur.
  • Her fears about outsourcing and hiring a team.
  • What she asks her kids every day and why it’s one of her favorite part of her days.
  • A big misconception people have about being an entrepreneur.
  • Decision fatigue and how it affects you as a business owner.
  • What she’s the proudest of from building TSBC.

Katie Hunt is the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp, a business strategist, and mentor to creative entrepreneurs. She’s connected hundreds of creative entrepreneurs through her in-person conference Paper Camp and online courses she offers.

She is a firm believer in professional development, surrounding yourself with community and pushing ‘go’ even when you might not feel 100% ready.

Earlier this year Katie also launched her podcast, Proof To Product, which debuted at #19 on iTunes in the Arts category and most recently hit 50K downloads since its launch in May. Proof to Product takes listeners behind the scenes of growing a product-based business. Guests share their successes, struggles and how they’ve made difficult but important transitions in their business to continue growing.

Katie has taught classes for CreativeLive, The Savvy Experience, Seanwes Conference, Be Sage Conference, Unique Camp, and Makers Nation. She frequently speaks about strategies for creating a product line, selling wholesale, business planning and the importance of community for entrepreneurs.

Key takeaways from this episode

Recognizing that I needed help was one of the biggest struggles I had while growing @Tradeshowcamp. - Katie Hunt Click To Tweet

“In the entrepreneur world, we’re so quick to be hard on ourselves and not give ourselves enough grace.” – Katie Hunt

We're so quick to point the flaws instead of our successes. - Katie Hunt of @tradeshowcamp Click To Tweet

“We’ve got people selling in Anthropologie, Target, & Paper Source.” – Katie Hunt

“We’re all small businesses, we all face the same challenges.” – Katie Hunt

“I view social media and email marketing as a conversation with my audience.” – Katie Hunt

“The minute I hired my first person, my world opened. My business grew, my revenue grew. It was astounding.” – Katie Hunt

A misconception people have about being an entrepreneur is that it's easy. - Katie Hunt of @tradeshowcamp Click To Tweet

“I love the work I do. I have a purpose. I’m making an impact. I feel rewarded as a person. But being an entrepreneur is hard.” – Katie Hunt

“We need to be more forgiving if we don’t get all of the things done.” – Katie Hunt

“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be an overnight success and that’s exhausting.” – Katie Hunt

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Day in the Life of Kali Rogers, CEO Blush Online Life Coaching

Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Online Life Coach? Now’s your chance!

Kali Rogers of Blush Online Life Coaching was one of my first business BFFs and now good friend and client.

Kali’s story of how she started her business is so inspiring to me and I love her witty personality and generous demeanor. She’s helped me have a lot of business breakthroughs and I feel so fortunate to call her a friend.

In addition to chatting about how she started Blush, we of course chat about a typical day in her life. She doesn’t stick to the traditional entrepreneur mindset of getting up at 5 am, which is a refreshing revelation as many people assume to run a successful business you have to be a morning person.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Kali Rogers | CEO Blush Online Life Coaching: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a life coach? Tune in to this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out what a day is like for Kali Rogers!

Kali Rogers | CEO Blush Online Life Coaching

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why she’s not a morning person and why she gave up coffee for good.
  • How Blush came to be and how she pitched herself to a big company (and failed).
  • How Blush works and who it’s for.
  • What Kali thinks people misconceive about being a life coach.
  • What the difference between life coaching and counseling is and the stigmas behind each.
  • Why Kali hates having her day completely planned out ahead of time and why setting intentions work best for her.
  • Why Kali doesn’t formally “exercise” and walks instead.

Kali Rogers is the Founder and Janitor of Blush Online Life Coaching. She and her team of master’s level coaches help females from around the globe get over their quarter-life crisis, grow their self-confidence, get over nasty breakups, and work on bettering their relationships all via video conference for only $79/mo.

She is also the author of “Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your 20’s” and has been featured on Bustle, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Elite Daily, and Thought Catalog. Kali attended The University of Texas at Austin where she studied psychology and grew accustomed to butting her nose into other’s problems while living in a house of 40 other girls.

From there, she attended SMU in Dallas where she received her M.S. in counseling. Kali now resides in Los Angeles, California where she likes to walk around Beverly Hills and wave at the pretty houses, watch reruns of The Office and Parks and Rec (Leslie Knope is her hero), and attempt to make healthy meals in her bruised-up kitchen.

Key takeaways from this episode

“People were experiencing high burnout, people are quitting left and right, they’re having breakdowns, because of course they’re having breakdowns. They have no emotional support and they’re being worked to the bone in an industry they probably didn’t set out to work in.” – Kali Rogers

With that amazing culture, you've also created a monster. - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“When I wake up and my day is already structured, I can feel my throat closing up.” – Kali Rogers

I've always been more concerned with the authenticity behind it, and I don't produce good work if it's forced. - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“What matters at the end of the day is finding a process that works best for yourself.” – Brittney Lynn

You have to develop thick skin. I sometimes feel like a black sheep for my age and what I'm doing. - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“I don’t want to work 80 hours a week on my own business, that’s going to make me hate it.” – Brittney Lynn

Should I be doing more and if I were doing more would I be more successful? - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“The whole point of being your own boss is knowing you aren’t going to get fired for not working 40 hours that week.” – Kali Rogers

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Kali Rogers | CEO Blush Online Life Coaching Kali Rogers | CEO Blush Online Life Coaching

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Day in the Life of Jacqueline Sutherland, Counterterrorism Expert & Senior Security Analyst

Welcome to the second episode of the Day in the Life podcast!

In today’s show, I talk with Jacqueline Sutherland who works for The Chertoff Group. Jacqueline is a Senior Security Analyst who has extensive knowledge in counterterrorism.

Jacqueline’s career couldn’t be more different than mine and it was incredibly insightful to learn about her experiences studying abroad and a day in her life is like.

Jacqueline Sutherland | Counterterrorism Expert & Senior Security Analyst | Learn what a day in the life is like for counterterrorism expert and Senior Security Analyst Jacqueline Sutherland is like!

 

Jacqueline Sutherland – Counterterrorism Expert & Senior Security Analyst

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • How her family reacted when she decided to study abroad in Istanbul in 2012.
  • What it was like going to school amidst protestors who were getting tear gassed and water-bombed, and having to crawl through a window just to get to an exam.
  • What the counterculture shock was like after getting back to the States.
  • The first thing she does when she gets up in the morning that changed her life.
  • Her thoughts on the huge DDOS attack that happened earlier in 2017.
  • Where to start when you’re figuring out what to do when a huge cyber attack happens.
  • What it’s like working for the government on counterterrorism efforts vs. working for private companies.
  • How she stays organized in the midst of having a schedule that can change within minutes.
  • Why employing a younger generation is so important to the counterterrorism industry.
  • How she established credibility with older generations / with new clients when she was just starting out.
  • Advice for anyone who wants to get into the counterterrorism industry.
  • How she got her first BBC news interview.
  • How she turns her brain off at night after a long day working in a chaotic environment.
  • Her thoughts on the current state of affairs and what she thinks the US should be doing to fight against terrorism right now in 2017.

Jacqueline currently serves as a Senior Security Analyst at The Chertoff Group, a premier security and risk management firm, where she works to advise Fortune 500 clients on how to best assess, mitigate, and monitor risks related to terrorism, cyber breaches, fraud, border protection, and supply-chain issues.

In addition to her work at The Chertoff Group, Jacqueline is the Terrorism & Asymmetric Warfare Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), through which she has published in The Hill, The Huffington Post, The National Interest, Real Clear Defense, and Real Clear World. She also serves as a non-resident Counterterrorism Fellow at the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation, where she has been interviewed as a counterterrorism expert on the BBC, NBC, Fox, and CTV News, and has authored numerous reports in the aftermath of terrorist attacks that have been used to brief high-ranking officials in government, military and law enforcement. In April 2016, Jacqueline was invited to present her research at a conference hosted by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), where she briefed cadets, CTC staff, and experts in the field on terrorist propaganda and recruiting methods.

Jacqueline holds a Master of Science (MSc) with highest honors (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wake Forest University, where she served as the President of the Student Body.

Key takeaways from this episode

It's all that much more important for me to enjoy life, knowing how fragile it is and how random it can be for it to end. - Jacqueline Sutherland Click To Tweet

“With terrorism, social media and understanding radicalization via social media is a brand new thing. Now it’s such a huge portion of understanding ISIS, recruitment, and ISIS radicalization”. – Jacqueline Sutherland

The last thing that these susceptible sympathizers are wanting is to be hearing from the United States why they are wrong, that's not going to be a credible source for them. - Jacqueline Sutherland Click To Tweet

Links to resources

Articles written by Jacqueline:

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Day in the Life of Tonya Dalton, Productivity Expert & Founder of inkWELL Press

Welcome to the first every Day in the Life podcast episode! I can’t believe it, it’s finally here.

If you’re new around here, welcome! I’m thrilled that you’re here.

This first episode was released simultaneously with two other episodes (you can check those out here and here) to give you brand new listeners a reason to binge on the show and to hopefully get addicted.

So, onto today’s guest…Tonya Dalton from inkWELL Press!

Tonya and I started working together earlier in 2017 and we immediately hit it off. I love the inkWELL Press mission and core values and I just ordered my first liveWELL planner that I’m so excited to implement for 2018.

I admire Tonya not only as a business owner but as a person and parent as well and I know you guys will get a lot of value from her episode.

Can’t wait to hear what you think and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes!

Tonya Dalton | Productivity Expert & Founder of inkWELL Press | Learn what a day in the life is like for productivity expert and founder of inkWELL Press is like!

Tonya Dalton | Productivity Expert & Founder of inkWELL Press

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why Tonya doesn’t check email first thing in the morning or in bed at night.
  • The time of day Tonya is most productive.
  • Why spending time with her kids in the morning is important to her.
  • How to give yourself more whitespace in your life.
  • How she structures her to do list and make it achievable.
  • Her thoughts on work-life balance and why it doesn’t exist.
  • The struggles she has being a parent and being a business owner.
  • What she’s felt guilty about while being a parent.
  • How she co-works with her children.
  • Her tips on using a planner to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  • How to consolidate multiple digital calendars for work, school, and personal.

Tonya Dalton is a productivity expert who started her first business in 2009 working out of her dining room juggling two small kids. By 2011, she had grown the business to the point where her husband could leave corporate America and come work with her. By combining her entrepreneurial spirit with his MBA and marketing experience, they were able to grow a small niche business quickly into something that could support their family.

The company continued to flourish, but something was missing. In the summer of 2014 she closed up shop to follow her true passion of starting inkWELL Press – a company centered around productivity tools and training. inkWELL Press launched in November of 2014 and has been able to rapidly grow its online presence and expand into a national retail partnership thanks to a commitment to quality, focused marketing efforts and fiercely loyal fans. Recently Tonya launched her podcast, Productivity Paradox, which debuted at #12 in iTunes in the Business category and surpassed 100,000 downloads in the first few months.

Tonya believes that too many women feel overwhelmed with all that they have to do each day, and many times their own dreams get pushed aside – she helps women use productivity to pursue their big goals and end each day feeling satisfied and successful.

Key takeaways from this episode

“Emails are other people’s priorities and divert our attention from what we really want to do.” – Tonya Dalton

“People vastly undervalue the beauty of whitespace in their life.” – Tonya Dalton

There is no one size fits all system for productivity. - Tonya Dalton, of @inkwellpress on the Day in the Life podcast. Click To Tweet

“You don’t have to work so hard every single day.” – Tonya Dalton

“Balance is bogus. There is no balance.” – Tonya Dalton

There's no need to struggle alone. - Tonya Dalton, of @inkwellpress Click To Tweet

“Productivity is not about getting more things done. It’s about living with intention.” – Tonya Dalton

“Busy does not mean happy. Busy means you’re doing too much.” – Tonya Dalton

You need to give yourself a little more grace. And by a little, I mean a lot more grace. - Tonya Dalton Click To Tweet

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