March 11, 2021
Many young men are growing up without a significant adult male role model or mentor in their lives. There can be a lack of love, attention and direction as they become older. What is needed is guidance as they journey through manhood.
Michael Brasher is the Executive Director for the Non-Profit Organization, Boys To Men Tucson. Their mission is to recruit, train, and empower communities of men to mentor teenage boys through on-site circles, adventure outings, and contemporary rites of passage. It's a program that is life changing for both the mentors and the young men.
Mentoring helps bring out the greatness and strength in the young men that are part of the program. We discuss what it takes to be a mentor. There is a twenty six week training program for the mentors where they open up about their upbringing and values. Then they join a group of young men in a weekly group circle and share their experiences and advice. It's all about serving the community.
In this in depth conversation, Michael details the challenges, the solutions, the successes and the future of the program. For more information on how you can get involved, check out their website: https://www.btmtucson.com/
March 4, 2021
Nick and Errin Mendibles sit down with us to talk about life during Covid.
Errin was diagnosed with Covid in January. She also is a type 1 diabetic which made her situation more difficult. Errin works for a museum and enjoys the social connection her job affords. Her husband Nick, is a recruiter and prefers to work from home. Their daughter Isabella goes to school virtually but prefers to be in class with her teachers and friends. Their son Nicolas goes to college but the college life is not the same during this pandemic.
Their story is similar to many who face the same challenges of time, family, work and mental wellness. Having to adapt to a new reality can be challenging, but when a family is focused and willing to work together, those challenges can be won.
Errin and Nick talk candidly about their situation. What adjustments they've had to make and what the future holds. Because of their career experiences, they also share how leadership and company culture have changed in the past year.
This is one episode all families need to hear and be inspired from.
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.
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", https://bit.ly/3baGds8 And on all the streaming platforms as well as Facebook
For all your insurance needs, contact Jesse and the team at Stratton Everything Insurance: https://www.everythinginsure.com/
Also be sure to check out our conversation with Kimi Donahue, on leadership, company culture and much more: https://bit.ly/3pFJwx3
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.
Follow Frank Carbajal on Linkedin for daily profiles of Latino leaders and events he is promoting. Learn more about Es Tiempo on their website: http://estiempo.com/
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January 28, 2021
Kimi Donahue is Fearless. It's what drives her to take on challenges head on and achieve.
It's also what makes her a leader. A leader who inspires, develops lasting relationships and is capable of creating an environment of cooperation and success.
Kimi Donahue loves challenges. Whether it's motorcycle racing, shooting competitions, playing music, growing her insurance agency and team, dealing with Tourette syndrome or being a single mom, Kimi is committed always.
Kimi has done all this and more and has the drive and confidence to accomplish much more in the future. She is a force that motivates those around her and encourages them to develop their true potential. Her agency Stratton Everything Insurance is currently in nine states and growing. She leads a team who see her as a role model and are dedicated to give their clients the best service possible.
Challenges are opportunities to learn, grow and achieve. Kimi does that quite well.
Learn more about her agency here: https://www.everythinginsure.com/
And follow Kimi on all the socials.
December 25, 2020
In this very special episode, I sit down with my mother, Victoria C. Canez, who just turned 92 years young! That's right! Ninety Two!!
In this fascinating conversation we talk about family history, the neighborhood she grew up in, how they found ways to entertain themselves, nine people living without electricity and running water in a one room adobe shack growing up, her history of giving back and being there for her family and the community and her health scare earlier this year.
My mother is a very strong woman. And even at 92, she is still mentally sharp, a little slower than she once was, but still willing to help out in any way she can. She is an amazing lady and I am extremely fortunate to have her and my late father as role models. Without them, the whole Amazing concept and Movement would not exist. I know you'll love this episode.
We'll be back with new amazing episodes on January 14, 2021. Visit our Instagram account for more details: @thestayamazingshow.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a safe and glorious 2021!
December 17, 2020
You rarely hear the media talk about individuals who have contracted Covid-19 and have survived. The majority of news outlets only tell you the numbers of new cases and the numbers of those who have passed away. Today's guest is one of those survivors.
Jerry Salas is resilient and a man of faith. He is a musician, a Vietnam Vet, has survived prostate cancer and most recently spend 48 days in ICU fighting the Covid-19 virus. He survived that battle even after spending 40 days in a coma. In this episode Jerry talks about his experience, the support he received from his family, fans and the brave doctors and nurses who cared for him.
Jerry has also been with his band, El Chicano, since the mid '70's touring the world, releasing amazing music like "Tell Her She's Lovely" and also working on his own music projects. One of which being the non-profit organization, Rock For Vets. He shares some great stories including his connection with Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, some unreleased music that needs to see the light of day, playing in front of 100,000 plus fans and the effect music has on an audience.
We'd like to than musicians Joey Navarro and Rene Camacho for putting us in touch with Jerry. It was one of those conversations that I know everyone will enjoy.
To learn more about Jerry: http://jerrysalas.com/
To learn more about Rock For Vets program and to donate: https://musicistheremedy.org/
Also check out El Chicano's website: http://elchicanomusic.com/
December 10, 2020
Shannon Wallace is a singer, advocate and humanitarian. She is using her talents and compassion to help those with dementia and cognitive impairment. The Music, Movement and Memory program is a virtual workshop designed to exercise the body and mind. It is a series of videos that have Shannon singing songs that dementia patients recognize and at the same time guides them through some basic movement exercises.
The program has been well received in Arizona, thanks to support from AARP Arizona, the Barrow Neurological Institute and other sponsors. Shannon now is taking the program nationwide with great success. Her hopes is to one day extend the workshops to other countries.
In this episode we also discuss last years trip to China as part of a grant from The World Academy For the Future of Women. And with over 25 years in the music industry, Shannon gives us her thoughts on the state of music and musicians during this virus era.
To learn more about her workshop and to support her mission visit: www.musicalmemorycare.com
To learn more about Shannon see her website: www.shannonwallace.com
December 3, 2020
In this exclusive conversation direct from the North Pole, we spend a few minutes with Santa & Mrs. Claus. They share some great stories for all the boys and girls as well as suggestions for all the parents.
Did you know there are some gifts that Santa can't deliver? That Grandma didn't get run over by a reindeer? That there's a way that Santa brings gifts without climbing down a chimney? And how did Rudolph learn to fly?
Santa & Mrs. Claus will answer all these questions and more plus share some joyful stories during this 30 minute conversation. We want to thank one of Santa's many helpers who got us in touch with Santa for this interview. If you're in the Tucson, Arizona or Southern Arizona area and need a Santa and a Mrs. Santa for your party, fund raiser, special event, contact Santa's helper at [email protected]. We highly recommend them!
Be sure to be good boys and girls and bring the Christmas spirit to your town!
Merry Christmas and Stay Amazing!