Episode 3 – Kim Wilson

IMG_5046 2Kim Wilson figured out that education was her career pathway when a high school business teacher took an interest in her future. While journalism piqued her interest at one time, once she figured out she wanted to be a teacher, the rest was history. She would spend a 36-year career in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. The last 14 years of her career she led two Ohio career and technical school districts, where I was fortunate enough to work with her in both districts. Kim actually gave me my first break as I was trying to get into the PR and marketing field and it was truly an opportunity of a lifetime to get to work with her in two districts. Mostly because she is the epitome of what great leadership is all about and she genuinely made every decision with students in mind. That commitment and focus on doing what is in the best interest of students led to an increase in enrollment at both the districts in which she served as superintendent. At Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, during her eight years there, student enrollment went from 456 students to nearly 1,600 students served and impacted by career-tech. During her time at Tolles Career & Technical Center student enrollment increased from an average of 500 students to nearly 1,500.

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But sometimes doing the right thing gets met with resistance and we talk a little about that in this conversation. We dive into how politics gets in the way of progress in education, unions, and more. Most of the freedom of this conversation comes from Kim’s retirement, which began in August 2017. We talk about what she’s doing now that she is retired, what it was like to be a female leader in a male-dominated educational leadership system and much more.

Kim probably doesn’t think of herself as a rule breaker, but the work she did during her 36-year career changed the game in ways she probably doesn’t even recognize herself.

This episode was recorded at Kim’s home in Cincinnati and her dog makes a special appearance as well. Listen for the squeaker toy in the background!

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Episode Two – Eric Leslie

Eric Leslie PodEric Leslie is the founder and president of OnScene Productions in Columbus, Ohio, a company he founded out of a series of unfortunate events that began with 2008’s Great Recession. The company, though, which today serves dozens of clients in producing video content, was not originally making money through video work. They were designing websites for clients, something Eric was not classically trained to do, but something that he felt was necessary to pay the bills at the time. This did not make him happy. By not being afraid of changing the direction of his young business, Eric set himself up for growth by challenging the traditional, big production agencies. The opportunity to disrupt the video production industry was primed with the rise of digital and the democratization of platforms like Vimeo and YouTube and social media. So, OnScene, like so many startups, rose as a company out of the ashes of a shift in how we consume and do business.

 

OnScene is a boutique video content agency, with capabilities in digital and commercial productions. In this episode, Eric and host Shane Haggerty talk about entrepreneurship and risk-taking and how having a purpose gives him the drive to do work and life on his terms. We talk about work he has done, how he is redefining the video content industry and much more.

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Episode One – Beth Probst

Beth 1Beth Probst, the founder of At The Core, a company that was founded to serve students as they prepare to make the very important decisions that surround their transition from high school to their future, joins host Shane Haggerty in the very first episode of the Breaker Society Podcast.

After a successful career in sales and marketing for several large technology companies, Beth is shaking up college and career preparation with her company that provides workshops, one-on-one consulting, information, and resources, and guided self-assessments to help students figure out their paths before setting off not knowing what they truly want to explore. In this episode, we discuss her own career pathway and how she inspires and works with parents and students to prepare for what’s ahead. We also talk about the disconnect our society has with this whole college versus career debate, how to help students discover their passions, and we have some fun in the lightning round where we find out the one thing Beth would “break” to build something better.

Listen to episode one with Beth Probst here:

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