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Hear higher education professionals discuss their personal and professional experiences, including successes and challenges, as they unpack their lessons learned and share insights for listeners to apply to their own career development. 

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Anne Santos

Follow Your Curiosity: Anne Santos

Anne Santos from Rice University' took an unconventional path to her role. With a background in hospitality and small business, Anne shares how she transitioned industries and offers advice on pursuing your passions.

Rick Wernoski

Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: Rick Wernoski

UNC's Rick Wernoski shares key lessons to challenge the status quo, say "yes" to new opportunities, and ensure all voices are heard. Learn how experiences outside your comfort zone can lead to growth.

Darrell Duncan

Leading With Love: Darrell Duncan

In this episode, Darrell Duncan imparts wisdom on leading with love. Duncan explains that with openness, care, and positivity, you can accomplish great things in your career. Tune in to hear more!

Marissa Pace

Fully Engage and Fail Forward: Marissa Pace

Marissa Pace shares her transition from corporate to higher ed. Her advice on networking, risk-taking, and learning from failures provides valuable lessons for career transitions.

Virginia Teachey

Know Your Worth: Virginia Teachey

In this episode, Virginia Teachey shares how she accidentally fell into higher ed administration but progressed to leadership through mentorship, calculated risks, and self-investment

Katie Walker

Fostering Strong Teams and Seeking Challenges: Katie Walker

In this episode, Katie Walker, NACUBO’s Rising Star Award recipient, shares her path from academia to higher education finance including her insights on budget models, data analysis, leadership principles, and fostering career growth.

Angie Kraetsch

Lead with Empathy and Get to Yes: Angie Kraetsch

In this episode, Angie shares her unique journey leading finance in both city governments and higher education. Learn how she leveraged transferable skills while navigating vastly different organizational cultures and missions.

Melissa Hogarty

Kids, Careers, and How to Have Both: Melissa Hogarty

The episode provides an inside look at the challenges of identifying as a parenting professional, regardless of gender. Melissa offers encouragement, tips, and her story to inspire other professionals balancing parenthood and career growth.

Rick Anderson

Leadership Lessons From 35+ Years in Higher Education: Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson has found higher education administration rewarding for balancing his family and interests. Tune in for this great career conversation to hear more of Rick's insights.

Building Relationships and Communities: Beverly Walker

Beverly Walker shares stories from her own career journey that have informed her work and walks listeners through the process of creating VCU’s career communities. Tune in for more!

Shawn Norman

Relationships, Authenticity, and Overcoming Obstacles: Shawn Norman

Shawn Norman shares insights on relationships, learning from mistakes, and being yourself, gained over his career journey to becoming Iowa State University’s CBO. Tune in to this career conversation for fascinating insights.


Christine Simone

Director, Leadership Development


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