Candace Parker on Fear and Growth

January 17, 2018

Candace Parker is one of the best basketball players to ever lace up their sneakers. In high school, Candace won the 2003 and 2004 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Following high school, Candace attended powerhouse University Tennessee where she continued to drastically impact women's basketball as the team won back to back championships her Sophomore and Junior year. She won player of the year honors in college before becoming the first pick of the WNBA draft. 

Candace continued her elite performance upon getting to the WNBA. She is a 2X WNBA MVP, is a 4X all-star, and helped lead her team to a WNBA champion in 2016 where she was named the Finals MVP. She has won gold medals and has received a number of other accolades. She has also had a lot of success overseas and currently is playing in China. 

Ok. So, while her resume is clearly impressive, what I enjoyed most was learning about how reflective Candace is in regard to her own personal growth. In this conversation, she shares how she studied and observed Kobe Bryant, to learn about his process for greatness. She also discusses how journaling has helped her develop and reach her goals throughout her career. She mentions mentors and people who have also helped nudge her to fulfill her potential and the gratitude she has for those people. 

Thanks to Candace for being so generous with her time and being vulnerable enough to share some of her strengths and weaknesses and how she is continuing to grow. If you want to learn more about Candace you can go to her website:

Also, Candace mentioned The Pat Summit Foundation which is working to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Twitter: @Candace_Parker

Instagram: @CandaceParker

Lastly, we are excited to launch our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Also, please head over to our patreon page to support the podcast!

Thanks to Candace for coming on and all the best on this season. 


Jon Gordon on Servant Writing

January 10, 2018

Jon Gordon is a best-selling author and keynote speaker who has impacted some of the most successful organizations in the world. 

His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 15 books including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership.

Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a passionate guy who was generous enough to chat with a stranger. In this conversation, we talk about his writing process, how he helps organizations cultivate culture, and what he thinks is most important to being our best self. We will also talk about how to handle failure and how the best leaders inspire their people. 

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University, where he played lacrosse and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Jon is a great follow on twitter: @JonGordon11

You can also go to his

Also, we are excited to tell you about our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Thanks to those who have already sponsored the show through our patreon page.

Special thanks to @TDOgden and Blue Ivy Partners for their support. Blue Ivy works with early-stage product companies in security, big data and networking, to help them match their products with Federal customers who must innovate because they have urgent missions.  Key partnerships are with Carbon Black, Corelight and Data Robot.  Follow them on Twitter: @BlueIvyPartners.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and thanks to Jon for coming on the podcast.


Elton Brand on Whatever it Takes

January 3, 2018

Elton Brand had an NBA career that spanned 16 1/2 years. During that time, he was a two-time all-star and one of the top power forwards in the league. He entered the league as the first overall pick in 1999 where he became the co-rookie of the year. Before that, he had an illustrious career at Duke University. 

In this conversation, we talk about Elton's mindset growing up and how his Mom helped him become the man he is today. We will also get into the weeds on Elton's best year in the NBA and how his mindset helped him average 24.7 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Elton was obsessed with trying to be the best player he could be and that season was the tipping point for how he thought about his performance.

Today, Elton serves as the General Manager of the Delaware 87ers and also works with the Philadelphia 76ers front office. 

Elton's a warm guy, who makes people feel important when they talk to him. He's thoughtful, humble, and has a great sense of who he is and who he wants to be. His character is what helped him have a long career and has also helped him transition out of playing. 

Elton is involved with Team Impact, which was actually co-founded by one of our former guests, Kris Herman. 

Lastly, we are excited to launch our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Also, please head over to our patreon page to support the podcast!

Thanks to Elton for coming on and thanks to all of you for listening.



Yael Averbuch on Constant Improvment

November 29, 2017

I was introduced to Yael by our previous guest, Joanna Lohman. And I am so happy we were able to connect.

Yael is a professional soccer player, about to enter her 10th season as a pro. She's played all around the U.S. and the world and enjoys sharing her journey through the sport as well as encouraging young players to set goals to own their personal development. Yael also played college soccer at University of North Carolina, which is one of the most storied NCAA teams in the country. Yael will talk about her experience at UNC and how it impacted her development as a player.

She recently launched Techne Futbol, a training app to help players sharpen their individual skills.

Yael is a deep thinker who has used hard work to fulfill her potential. Although I don't think she would ever say that she has fulfilled her potential as she is always focused on constant improvement. That mindset has helped her get to where she is today.

You can learn more about her at and Techne Futbol at

You can also check her out on social media:

Personal -
Twitter: @Yael_Averbuch
Instagram: @yaelaverbuch
Business -
Twitter: @TechneFutbol
Instagram: @TechneFutbol

Thanks to Yael for coming on the podcast and thanks to all of you for listening in 2017!



Brian Levenson Thanksgiving Special

November 22, 2017

Hi All,

Excited to share this bonus episode with you on this special holiday! 

As you chow down on some delicious food and hopefully watch some great football, we are all reminded to ask the question; what are you grateful for?

As we wind down the podcast in 2017, I want to sincerely thank each of you for taking the time to listen! 

More to come in 2018!

With Love,



Kris Herman on Creating Systems

November 20, 2017

Kris Herman is the Head softball coach and an assistant athletic director at Williams College. Before working at Williams, she spent 17 years at Tufts University as an Assistant coach before becoming the head coach of both softball and volleyball. She is now in her 15th year at Williams as their head softball coach.

700+ softball wins and four world series appearances later she has established herself as one of the top coaches in all of sport. Yet, as you’ll find out in this conversation, Kris talks more about her processes than her accolades. She is extremely thoughtful and innovative when it comes to how she interacts with and develops young people and teams. In this episode, she will give tangible ideas and tools that have helped her become the coach she is today. She is extremely intentional about the work she does with her athletes, and just as importantly, the work she does on herself.

Kris is more than a coach. She is the founder of Team IMPACT (, which is a non-profit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses to local college athlete teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. She is also involved with ONE Softball (, which is a free community aimed to help share information on softball, character development and recruiting. Lastly, she is the owner of Go Team Coaching (, where she blogs about all things coaching.

You can also check her out on social media:

twitter: go team coaching, @gt3coaching

instagram: williams_college_softball

fb: WilliamsSoftball

To say that Kris is intentional is an understatement. She is extremely conscientious and has developed championship systems to develop people and athletes. This conversation is loaded with wisdom so please share it with your social networks.

Thanks to Kris for coming on and enjoy the episode.




Rais Bhuiyan on Working with Enemies

November 15, 2017

I was introduced to Rais Bhuiyan randomly. As I was leaving a meeting with one of my clients, he introduced me to Rais and I was blown away by his story, as you will be too. Rais has an incredible story to tell. But, what is amazing about Rais is not just what happened to him, but how he used the obstacles and hate he experienced, to create growth opportunities. 

A bit more about Rais. He is a Bangladeshi American working as a technology professional in Dallas. He also served in the Bangladesh Air Force, so he is a performer in a number of ways. He left Bangladesh to move to New York City to study computer technology and then found himself in Dallas, Texas where he was employed at a gas station. After the September 11 terror attacks, Mark Anthony Stroman walked up to that gas-station and shot Rais in the face. Incredibly, Rais survived but lost sight in one of his eyes. What happened next is incredible.

Compassion. Empathy. Power. All extremely impactful words. All of those words are part of Rais' story. But, this is also a story about love and how to have an impact on the world. Rais is on a mission. He lives intentionally. He wants to make the world a better place. And he is. 

To learn more about Rais you can check him out here:

Twitter: @Rais4peace @WWHforgive


Thanks to Rais for coming on and being so open.  

Thanks to all of you for your continued support!



Steve Campbell on The Ascent

November 8, 2017

Today we chat with Steve Campbell, who is co-founder and CEO of The Ascent.

Prior to breaking off on his own, Steve was the 10th employee at Vayner Media where he helped that company grow to what is now a 700 person company. Steve is a personal brand consultant and he helps people build communities. He has also walked the walk, as he has built an only community of over 34,000 people on Medium where people document their personal journeys (stories, experiences, life lessons, etc.).

In this episode Steve goes into greater detail about his journey, the lessons he's learned from being around some of the top social media experts in the world, and his decision-making process that led to him taking massive risks in his career. Steve is a caring guy who really values helping people. He wants to make an impact on the world while still cherishing the things he values most.

If you didn't know by now, Steve is also very active on social media.,,,

Make sure to give him a follow and share this episode with your network.

Thanks to Steve for coming on the podcast!

--Brian (@brianlevenson)


Chris Nowinski on Making an Impact

November 1, 2017

Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. is co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. He is also co-founder of the Boston University CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a collaboration with Boston University and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, where he currently serves as the outreach, recruitment, education, and public policy leader.

Chris has quite a story to tell. He was an elite athlete in high school, but that certainly was not his only identity. He excelled in the classroom, theater, and also participated in academic competitions. 

Excelling in football and school led him to Harvard University where he was an All-Ivy defensive tackle. After college, he tried out and ended up breaking through as a professional wrestler with WWE. It was during his time at the WWE where he experienced a concussion that ended his wrestling career. That concussion sparked his journey into finding out more about concussions and learning everything he could about them.

Chris is interested in psychology, sociology, and neurology, and how all three  impact human life. He's a risk taker and purpose-driven person, who believes in hard science and data to make decisions. It’s clear that his curiosity and persistence has helped him change how we view concussions. For that, I know I am grateful for all of the work that he has done and continues to do.

You can read Chris' book Head Games and he's active on social media:

Twitter: @ChrisNowinski1 @ConcussionLF

Facebook: @nowinski.christopher @ConcussionFoundation

Instagram: @christophernowinski @concussionfoundation

You can also check out the work that Chris and his colleagues are doing at the ConcussionFoundation.

Thanks to Chris for coming on the show and hope everyone is now a little bit more informed as a result of this conversation. 


Bob Bordone on Mastering Negotiation

October 25, 2017

Today's intentional performer is Bob Bordone.

Bob is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. He teaches several courses at Harvard Law School including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop. Bob also teaches in the Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Senior Executive Education seminars.

As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bob works with individual and corporate clients across a spectrum of industries. He specializes in dispute systems design and in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations. His corporate clients have included Premera Blue Cross, Health Net, Gap, Inc., Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Exelon, and Microsoft. In addition, he has worked on projects with nonprofit, educational, governmental and cultural institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Princeton Regional Schools, Dartmouth College, Fort Wayne, Indiana Schools, the U.S. Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Seeds of Peace, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

His resume is obviously impressive, but in this conversation you will get real insight into how Bob sees the world and how he thinks about negotiation. He is authentic and curious. He's a teacher at his core, but he also is a learner. He is constantly searching for how he can impact the world. We get into the art of negotiation, we find out his journey to Harvard, and we learn about how he integrates other fields into his process for negotiation.

He believes it's essential to be intentional throughout the negotiation process and he is certainly an intentional performer.

Twitter is the best place to connect with Bob so make sure to give him a follow there: @bobbordone.

Thanks to Bob for coming on!