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In this bonus episode, Kent and Jayson discuss the art of decepting deception and a better way of hiring for the CIA

Kent Clizbe, a decorated retired Central Intelligence Agency officer, talk about the life of being an intelligence officer, the mental and emotional cost of being in forever wars and having to lie for a living. Kent talks to Jayson about the toll of the job on those who serve and their families and why the CIA and other intelligence agencies should consider a new approach to hiring and to the development of the people who work at the agency.

A young Black man from the West Side of Chicago puts himself through college and reaches the pinnacle of his profession in journalism only to leave the mainstream media so he can write the stories of the uncovered and be free. John W. Fountain, a former correspondent for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune, talks to Jayson about life as an African-American in a mainstream newsroom and his work now of telling the stories of the forgotten, marginalized and the invisible in Chicago and beyond.

A survivor of the Washington Navy Yard shootings in September 2013, a lawnmower backfiring more than six years later at the beginning of the COVID-19, led to a mental health breakdown, recovery and a powerful story for Macey Cox. Macey, a learning and development specialist at the National Science Foundation, speaks to Jayson about her advocacy work and the importance of speaking openly about mental health in the workplace.

What leads a young woman to become a medical doctor, the first woman surgeon in the U.S. Navy and the first female three-star admiral in the Navy medical corps? Raquel Bono, the former director of the Defense Health Agency and co-leader of the State of Washington’s response to COVID-19, joins Jayson to discuss how people can shatter the mold.

SuitsThe Pelican BriefPerry MasonMatlockA Time to Kill. To Kill A Mockingbird. Being an attorney is often glamorized through courtroom dramas and those on the screen. The reality is much different. John Mitchell, an executive coach and attorney known as “The Purple Coach,” joins Jayson to discuss the importance of attorney wellbeing and the legal profession to democracy.

Modern leadership focuses on decsion-making, power and decisiveness, but our ancestors were focused on cooperation and selected leaders based on their ability to build effective teams. Dr. Ryne Sherman, a psychologist and the chief science officer at Hogan Assessment Systems, joins Jayson to discuss the history of leadership, how we ended up so far off and how to get things back on track.

It takes a unique person who is innovative, ambitious, bold and hard-charging enough to be a successful entrepreneur. Jerry Colonna used to spend his days finding the best of them. Jerry , an executive coach and former venture capitalist at Flatiron Partners, joins Jayson to talk about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, why altruism and venture capital can co-exist together and how a person can take the raw materials of life if they do the work of radical self-inquiry.

In our first episode, Jayson is interviewed by his colleague Grace Cooper, who is a vice president at Goose Creek Consulting, the company where they both work, about his background and what you can expect from this podcast

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