The Stay Amazing Show
Episode 28: NYC Chancellor of Education Richard Carranza

Episode 28: NYC Chancellor of Education Richard Carranza

February 25, 2021

"I Work For the Kids!"

Richard Carranza has been a leader and innovator in education for over 30 years. His vision and ability to pull teams together for the benefit of the students is what makes him amazing. As the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, his responsibility is to insure that the over one million students in his district get the education opportunities they deserve.

New York City was the epicenter of the Covid crisis last year. Richard had the vision and leadership skills to quickly gathered a team to coordinate the effort to deal with the school shutdowns and the students well being. He was able to secure over 500,000 I-Pads for students to learn from home. He toured the schools to see what could be done to allow in class studies as well as remote sessions. He started the "Parents University" program. He championed personal development training for teachers so they could handle the challenges of the new teaching experience.

Richard also shares the importance of music and arts in the schools. His background in forming a high school Mariachi program in Tucson, Arizona that now has expanded nationwide is something he is extremely proud of. And how by starting that program, as a teacher, lead him to become an administrator.

We encourage all educators, administrators, politicians to listen closely to the ideas Richard describes here. If you really care about your students and the future of education, we think you'll find plenty to consider during the hour plus conversation.


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Episode 27: Growth Leadership In Music & Business with Jesse Pineda

Episode 27: Growth Leadership In Music & Business with Jesse Pineda

February 18, 2021

To be a great leader you need the confidence to grow and pivot no matter what life throws at you. Jesse Pineda is a musician who's music career includes his family. Hea nd his family started playing Tejano music in their home state of Texas. Noticing that their demographic was changing, they decided to switch to country music with the Jesse Colt Band. Unfortunately, 2020 hit and put the brakes on their career, for now.

Jesse also has a background in insurance as his father had his own agency. With an amazing leader like Kimi Donahue and the rest of the team at Stratton Everything Insurance encouraging him to grow, Jesse feels inspired about his career. Those transitions from one career to another, moving to a different city, temporary setbacks in a career you love build your character to become a leader.

The Jesse Colt Band hope to release an album later this year. For now, check out their song "Love Dance",  And on all the streaming platforms as well as Facebook

For all your insurance needs, contact Jesse and the team at Stratton Everything Insurance:

Also be sure to check out our conversation with Kimi Donahue, on leadership, company culture and much more:


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Episode 26 - Leadership With Frank Carbajal

Episode 26 - Leadership With Frank Carbajal

February 4, 2021

What is leadership? How does one develop into a leader? What is a true Leader? Who are the leaders of today?

Whether in business, politics, entertainment, sports, in cultural, economic settings or in family, we all need those we look up to for inspiration, guidance and support.

Frank Carbajal’s passion is to develop and promote leadership within the Latino community. He is the founder and President of Es Tiempo LLC (It’s Time) and brings business leaders and mentors together for the annual Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit. His book: “Building the Latino Future. Success Stories For The Next Generation” is a collection of inspiring profiles of famous Latino leaders in all areas of business and culture. Frank discusses how the idea for the book came about and the incredible line up of contributors.
In this fascinating conversation, Frank discusses growing up in East San Jose, California and how that experience working the fields, his family's influence, his mentors in school and higher education put him on a path to develop and promote leadership qualities in other Latinos.
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