Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Vision, Influence and Owning One's Success with Krystal Covington, MBA

On today's episode, I chat with Krystal Covington, MBA.

As an introvert (Meyer's Briggs INTJ) Krystal struggled to stand out in the workplace and often saw more gregarious and socially intuitive peers receive opportunities she felt she deserved. What she learned from those experiences was that although knowledge and work ethic are respected and valued, the people who reap the greatest rewards are really the ones who stand out as the most socially powerful.

As a result, she set out to learn the key strategies that make the most powerful people so magnetic to others. She studied social and evolutionary psychology, human connection, persuasion, charisma and the art of war. What she quickly learned was that becoming influential, powerful, charismatic, and successful is as simple as playing a role. 

She began trying out her theories in various venues over the years, getting better and better at building a targeted brand for herself and showing up as that role. By following her own strategy she was able to change her brand several times simply by presenting herself with powerful body language, building a reputation for the role she was playing, and being consistently visible to the people who mattered. 

After teaching these principles in workshops locally in Colorado, she realized the incredible value of the information she had learned. She then compiled a workbook to share this knowledge with others in the "The 4 Keys to Influence." It's a perfect resource for anyone seeking a stronger career, better sales as an entrepreneur, or simply a more fruitful social life. 

Krystal is also the President & Founder of Women of Denver, a community dedicated to helping women build credible & influential brands, so they can achieve their goals for personal success. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Power to Parents in the Digital Age with Bonnie Lathram

On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Bonnie Lathram from Getting Smart.

Bonnie is a former high school teacher, counselor and school design coach. She is a writer, a project manager, and a parent. I currently work with education organizations to provide engaging professional learning experiences, and she designs projects and campaigns that connect people and organizations around the topic of something she cares about deeply… learning.

Ask her about: Teaching in a project-based learning school, leading advisories, designing college and career readiness curriculum, leading professional development, living in Tanzania, sailing around Mexico, writing a book (check out our recent book, Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning), and raising kids ( She has two toddlers and she taught high school for 8 years).

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#beyouEDU - Finding Your Successes

For the month of January, the #beyouEDU topic is Finding Your Success. Please join the movement by submitting your very own vlog, blog post, or send out tweets to start a conversation.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Changing School Culture 2

On today's episode I chat with Dr. Liz Johnson and Dr. Leighangela Brady about leadership's role in transforming school culture.

Lisbeth Johnson, Ed.D. was born in North Carolina and raised in Harlem, New York City . She moved to California in her teens and attended schools in Southern California. She received her doctorate degree in education in 2002 from the University of La Verne and completed her dissertation on the topic of Integrating Instruction with Technology. She has worked in educational settings for forty years  in Pre-Schools, Kindergarten and K-12,  through Post- Secondary institutions. She has been a teacher, reading resource support instructor, a Principal, Director and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and a Superintendent.

With a passion for on-going learning, Lisbeth is inspired to coach schools that are attempting to instruct students in the digital and twenty-first century environment. She recently received a Leading Edge Certification  for Online Learning and Teaching, adding new learning and expertise to her repertoire on the value of using Web 2.0 tools for student learning. In her retirement Lisbeth continues to teach at a University, and enjoys in her off-time the support of travel to far-away places with a loving family. 

Born and raised in New England, Leighangela Brady received both her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Connecticut. Now living in San Diego, she earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from San Diego State University. Dr. Brady has taught in various teaching assignments from kindergarten through fifth grade. Later she served as an academic literacy coach for teachers. This position ignited an already sparked passion for curriculum and instruction and helped to further develop her strength as a curriculum leader.

Dr. Brady is a former principal of a K-6 elementary school. As a site administrator, educational consultant, and instructional leader, Dr. Brady is passionate about quality education and effective leadership. She is a current Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services working to transform the schools in her own district. She is an author of Test Less, Assess More: A K-8 Guide to Formative Assessmentand presents annually at national and international conferences. Leighangela is a wife and mother, and plans to retire one day at her home in the Fiji Islands.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - It's All About the Mission with Dr. Amy Fast

On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Dr. Amy Fast about her book, It's the Mission, Not the Mandates and the role mission and purpose plays in education.

Dr. Amy Fast is a first year administrator at McMinnville High School in McMinnville, Oregon, serving as a curriculum assistant principal. Prior to being assistant principal, Dr. Fast was a fourth and fifth grade teacher for ten years and then an instructional coach at both the elementary and middle levels where she observed teachers to provide feedback, modeled in classrooms, and led professional development. Last spring Dr. Fast got her doctorate from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and this November her book, It's the Mission, Not the Mandates, which was adapted from my dissertation was published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Bankable Leadership with Dr. Tasha Eurich

I speak with Dr. Tasha Eurich about her book, Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom-Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both.

Dr. Tasha Eurich an organizational psychologist, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Bankable Leadership. Leadership is her life's work—she’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the leadership world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to business challenges— over her nearly 15 year career, she’s helped thousands of leaders transform. With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and BAs in Theater and Psychology from Middlebury College, Tasha serves on the adjunct faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the top ten executive development institutions in the world. She’s also the principal of The Eurich Group, a boutique executive development firm that helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders and teams. As a passionate, often humorous and always enlightening speaker, Tasha travels the world spreading her message. As a writer, she contributes to The HuffingtonPost and Entrepreneur Magazine, has been featured in outlets like Forbes, The New York Times, CNBC, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, and CNN. She’s been named one of Denver Business Journal's "40 Under 40" as well as a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, alongside the likes of Stephen Covey, Jim Kouzes, and Bill George. In 2015, she was named a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association alongside the likes of Patrick Lencioni, Ram Charan, and Chip Heath. In her spare time, when not obsessing about her second book, she enjoys travelling, cycling and is an unapologetic theater nerd. She lives in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, with her husband and their rambunctious dogs.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Blended Learning with Dr. Katie Martin

On today's episode I speak with Dr. Katie Martin about blended learning and leading change.

Dr. Katie Martin is the Director of Professional Learning at USD’s Mobile Technology Learning Center. She teaches graduate-level courses in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and works with teachers and administrators in diverse K-12 schools. Through partnerships with local and national school districts, she has helped develop systems that facilitate personalized professional learning for educators. Katie works with leaders to create a culture of learning and innovation to ensure all students are equipped with knowledge and skills to be successful today, and in their future.
Prior to joining MTLC, Katie spent 10 years in Hawai’i on the Leeward Coast of O’ahu. Dr. Martin taught middle school English language arts and was an instructional coach. She continued as a new teacher mentor and coordinator of district programs to support and retain effective teachers. She continues to refine approaches to personalized professional learning based on research and practice to create optimal learning environments for all.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - The Time is Now: Create Your Own Hustle! with Shinjini Das

On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Shinjini Das to talk about becoming a go-getter. 

Shinjini Das is a Professional Speaker, Media Personality, Huffington Post, and Elite Daily Contributor. She is a highly empowering, engaging, and versatile speaker also fluent in Spanish, who has been invited to speak to groups from 10 to 10,000, and considers it the greatest privilege to impact her audiences. Shinjini’s advice to gain self-confidence will be featured in Teen Vogue in Fall 2015. She served singer Usher’s Foundation as a speaker to rave reviews on youth personal branding lessons. Shinjini earned a B.S. Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as a President’s Scholar and served as the Undergraduate Commencement Speaker. She spoke at Scotland’s University of Glasgow’s She4She Conference as the youngest and only American to empower the modern-day woman. Shinjini was invited to become a Huffington Post contributor, and her first article, “5 Secrets of a Go-Getter Girl” generated a massive global response, and thousands of readers from Australia, Brazil, India, Venezuela, Spain, Kenya, Singapore, Mexico, Philippines, Dubai, Canada, Turkey, etc. raved about the feature on social media. Her articles inspired a reader to shift her thought paradigm around putting herself first to serve others and were shared by UN Women’s HeForShe campaign for gender equality. Shinjini's articles feature as the top most searches in Google globally and she was honored to be quoted as a Powerhouse Woman Trailblazer for Levo League’s feature, “43 Motivational Quotes From Powerhouse Women” with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. She was invited as a guest on twitter chat, #MillennialTalk, and her chat generated >22 Million impressions. Shinjini was interviewed onSirius XM Radio on "A Day in the Life of a Go-Getter Girl," broadcasted to an audience of 40 Million in the US and Canada. She was featured on WMCN-TV, beaming to 2.7 Million homes in the NJ/PA area to discuss Dreamer vs. Go-Getter and invited on ABC Birmingham’s Talk of Alabama to share the 6 Ways to Thrive as Women in Business and on ABC WJLA Let's Talk Live Washington, D.C. to share her advice for new graduates on pursuing a Job vs. Career. Shinjini was interviewed on FOX KABB San Antonio to share "Secrets of a Go-Getter,"​ FOX Sacramento to "Empower Go-Getter Girls to Go for STEM!," and ABC Sacramento to discuss techniques to adopt the go-getter mindset. She is a millennial spokesperson for The Ad Council and was interviewed as a Woman to Watch in 2015. Follow her journey @SpeakerShinjini and on

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - S.H.I. N.E with LaVonna Roth

LaVonna Roth is an internationally known learning specialist, author, keynote speaker and consultant. Her passion is bridging how the brain learns with education and helping every individual realize the value they bring.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kent State University, a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Walden University.

LaVonna taught at the elementary and secondary levels for 10 years with 5 years being here in Hillsborough County School District!

As a teacher, LaVonna Roth was recognized for several awards including:
       Florida Council - Social Studies Outstanding Teacher of the Year
       Hillsborough County School District - Social Studies Teacher of the Year
       Corr Elementary School - Teacher of the Year
       Florida Department of Education - Mentor Teacher

Since then, LaVonna has started her own consulting and speaking company, authored 8 books, worked with schools and districts across the United States and other countries to increase engagement and the fun factor in learning. She serves on the Board of Directors for an international education association and is passionate about helping students and educators be the best they can be.

She is the founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.™ initiative where every person is encouraged to use his or her skills, talents and gifts… to illuminate the world.