Motivational Millennial | Passion | Dreams | Overcome Challenges | Purpose | Fulfillment | Motivation

The Motivational Millennial Podcast co-hosts, Ivy LaClair and Blake Brandes, speak with leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, altruists and other Millennials living life with a sense of purpose and achieving their dreams. We explore the discovery of their passions, the beauty in the pursuit of their dreams, and how they overcome challenges on their paths.
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Dec 27, 2016

For this final episode of 2016, we’re shaking things up a bit. Instead of interviewing a guest, we are focusing on reflection---on the change, growth, and transformation we have experienced during this last year. Join us as we look inward at ourselves!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • It has to start with the big G: Gratitude
  • How Ivy’s coach training has shifted her perspective on the world, herself, and relationships
  • Being comfortable with ourselves (even when you have super-long arms!)
  • Leaving fear, shame, and judgment behind
  • Give the gift of empowerment to yourself!
  • Trying new things, both big and small
  • Dealing with the fear of change
  • Developing an internal space of calm and confidence
  • Needing less external certainty because of internal confidence
  • Release the brutal perfectionism
  • Blake’s hope for 2017: “being more consistently the person I want to be”
  • Ivy’s hope for 2017: “I want to continue on this path of joy, self-love, and being happy for the success of others.”
  • Why even small transformations can be important and cumulative
  • What are WE celebrating at the end of 2016?
    • Blake: “resilience, hope, creativity, and vulnerability”
    • Ivy: “hanging out with my best friend, doing awesome shows, new clarity, and connecting with wonderful people”
  • As we end this year, what are YOU grateful for? What do YOU want to create in 2017?


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Dec 20, 2016

Our guest today is Matthew Fredericks, who is a long-time friend of Blake’s. Blake and Matthew met in college at Wake Forest, and then Matthew moved on to Princeton. His next project was to work with Teach for America in Brooklyn, NY. Matthew once cycled across the US to raise awareness of human trafficking. Matthew is now the Assistant Pastor of Union Church, the oldest church in Hong Kong. Matthew loves Chinese vegetables, running, translating the Greek Bible, his wife Jolene, and his large adopted family in Hong Kong. Join us for this inspiring and exciting conversation!

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Dec 13, 2016

Welcome to today’s show with our guest, Maria Z. Maria is a singer, songwriter, and talented powerhouse who has been featured on national TV networks and performed along with some of music’s greatest legends. Her powerful, heartfelt voice is a fusion of soulful pop and R&B. We’re discussing believing in your vision, setting your mindset for success, and more! Join us!

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Dec 6, 2016

Welcome to our first show with TWO guests! The conversation is with Nicholas and Amanda Bayerle,  a young, successful entrepreneurial couple who built a successful company as they established their marriage. They are the founders of The Billion Dollar Body, where they help men reach their ultimate state of health, power, and confidence. Nicholas and Amanda have helped thousands of men and women transform their bodies, businesses, and lives. They’ve been featured in Bodybuilding and Oxygen magazines and were listed among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. Join us for this inspirational conversation!

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Nov 29, 2016

Blake is a huge fan of The Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, is heavily lactose intolerant and his favorite movie is admittedly The Notebook.


Blake is a 7-time Tedx speaker and is the author of “The Campus Life Guide.” He is the Co-Creator of My Life Online, which is a global program that teaches kids to be safe, smart and kind online.


He also likes to dabble in outside the box community builders as a way to shake up his hometown city of Toronto through unexpected flashmobs and live music inside subway cars.


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Nov 22, 2016

Jake Ballentine is a national award winning speaker and musician. He is the author of “Your Number One Goal,” a contributing author in Jack Canfield’s “Living the Success Principles,” and the host of the “Focus on the Good” podcast.

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Nov 15, 2016

Frank Jay Porcaro is an International Speaker and Coach as well as the Co-Founder of an advanced communication retreat company called International Tribe Design. Frank Jay's speciality is in facilitating personal transformation and guiding people to find inner-peace and power on their path of success.

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Nov 8, 2016

Mallory Hagan won the prestigious job of Miss America in January of 2013.  During her year of service, Mallory logged approximately 160,000 miles traveling across the country to address an array of audiences on her platform: “Stop it Now: Child Sexual Abuse.”

During this time she served as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and visited CMN Hospitals across the country. She also lobbied for funding Children’s Advocacy Centers, and spoke at numerous fundraisers, forums and charity galas.

As an advocate for the prevention of Child Abuse and the #BodyPositive movement, Mallory continues to speak across the country about the importance of child abuse prevention, self-esteem and wellness.


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Nov 1, 2016

Juliet Lam Kuehnle is a mental health therapist with her own private practice in Charlotte, NC. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, grief and loss, identity issues, and life transitions. Juliet contributes to the pop culture and psychology blog Shrink Tank, is co-authoring a parenting book, and appears monthly on the Charlotte Today Show.

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Oct 25, 2016

Peta Kelly is a millennial for millennials and a homie for the homies. The invitation on her website couldn’t be clearer. She says, “I’ve built this space for you, for us, and for all the beautiful, aspiring, badass souls of our generation. Young change makers who want to lead, live, earn and give. In very big and unconventional ways.”

Peta encourages authenticity, creativity, and conscious game changers through The New Way Live events, her barefoot speeches, the spirit, Jeaniius, and more.


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Oct 18, 2016

As an entrepreneur and communications strategist, Holley Murchison uses her passions for the arts, education, and global culture to push the envelope. In 2011, Holley co-founded the Hall Pass Tour; a collective collaborating with urban and rural schools to produce concerts celebrating the dreams and leadership of young people sparking school-wide change. Holley is also the CEO of Oratory Glory, a communication agency and speaker collective. Oratory Glory trains emerging leaders in arts, education, finance, and technology sectors, catalyzing diversity through the amplification of marginalized voices.

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Oct 11, 2016

Dan "The Man" Lok, a multi-millionaire and serial entrepreneur, and an international best-selling author. Dan is considered the world’s leading expert in internet marketing and is referred to by many as the “Millionaire Mentor.” In fact, if you Google “Dan Lok”, you’ll see his name is all over 1,000,000 web pages! (ONE MILLION) Companies under his leadership generate more than $20+ million in sales a year, and tens of millions of dollars in revenue in the last few years. Dan is one of the rare keynote speakers and business consultants that actually owns a portfolio of highly profitable business ventures.

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Oct 4, 2016

Adam Rosendahl is a creative facilitator, event producer and DJ based in Oakland, CA. In 2012 he founded LATE NITE ART, LLC, an international creative events organization that drives innovation and builds community inside of companies and universities around the world. Since then, he’s been on a creative rampage: leading over 100+ LNA events in 5 countries, with over 4,500 participants. He firmly believes that engaging the imagination is the key to changing our culture.


Sep 27, 2016

Shawnrey is an award-winning Performer, Speaker, Dancer, and Choreographer, who guides people to live lives that are full of realness, aliveness, and joy.  She discovered and created a mindfulness-based movement methodology that changed her life and is now sharing that gift with others, especially emerging women leaders.  

Shawnrey has performed original work for Justin Timberlake & Madonna, and has led transformational experiences, performed, and taught in 5 continents.  She is committed to having a world of women in their full self-expression, aliveness, and joyful leadership, both on stage and off­stage, inside and out.

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Sep 20, 2016

Charles Carmody is currently the Director of The Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina, which holds over 200 events per year.  Charles founded a promotions company, Murias Entertainment, in 2014 to put on smaller events throughout Charleston. He also co-manages the band SUSTO and works with several other artists through The Art Counsel (a locally based artist management company).  His mission is to make Charleston the greatest music city in the world.


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Sep 13, 2016


Dr. Todd Jenkins, Jr. is the Founder and CEO of Bowtie Leadership & Development, Inc., a leadership management and personal development firm with a focus in bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance. Also known as “Dr. Bowtie Todd,” he hosts weekly leadership twitter conversations @bowtieconvo discussing everyday leadership issues for everyday people. With recent talks in Brazil, Japan, and Korea, Todd is known as someone who engages, unravels, and connects to service and love for all mankind.

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Sep 6, 2016

Margaret Kramer is the co-founder and vice chair of South Carolina Coalition for Overcoming Eating Disorders (SC-COED). As a passionate advocate of mental health awareness, she spends time outside of her nonprofit speaking to groups ranging from Ashley Hall in Charleston to Katie Couric and The Jed Foundation. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing in 2015, and she will be heading to graduate school this fall to study Global Health at the London School of Economics.

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Aug 30, 2016

Dr. Brittney M. Cofield-Poole received her Ph.D. in Applied & Social Psychology from North Carolina State University. She is a budding community psychologist who believes the possibilities available to facilitate transformative change are both a humbling and challenging opportunity to uncover new methods of empowerment. She seeks to use her experience in scholarship, civic innovation and creative coalition building as a platform to raise the volume for the voices of the 'under-heard'. Through her online media platform, Brilliant & Brown, her ultimate goal is to curate and craft poignant as well as positive representations of progress through digital storytelling.

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Aug 23, 2016

Dave is a Professional Speaker, a Network Marketing Professional, and a Choral Conductor. He's the Co-Founder of "My Life Online" - an elementary school workshop teaching kids around the world to be safe, smart, and kind online. Dave is the founder of the platform Moving Millennials and host of the podcast with the same name. He is also the conductor of a boys and men's choir in Oakville, Canada called "A Few Good Men".

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at

Aug 16, 2016

After practicing law in NYC for an international law firm for nearly 5 years, Lindsey left the practice and her home to explore the world.  When she resettled in Oakland, CA, she was committed to immersing herself in the community supporting social enterprise. She has since been working as a business development consultant for 2 mission-driven startups (Josephine and Creatives Without Borders) and a nonprofit (Bay Area Green Tours). Part of her job includes policy advocacy, initiating a grassroots effort to reform the CA Retail Food Code to create a more just and inclusive food system. 


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Aug 9, 2016

Robin Peter Zander is a best-selling author, educator and strategist with a diverse background ranging from management consulting to the circus.


He is the founder of the Conference, which innovates on the future of work, and “Robin’s Café at ODC” – a café and gallery in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco. Robin is also the director of Stanford University's Design for Dance conference, which was founded at the intersection of behavior change and dance.


Additionally, through his podcast The Robin Zander Show he interviews exceptional performers from areas as diverse as the arts, technology, and healthcare to understand how individuals and organizations can accelerate performance.

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Aug 2, 2016

ami kim is an international songwriter, vocalist, producer/composer and educator. She has performed with 9th Wonder, Chrisette Michelle, Citizen Cope, Wyclef Jean, Raekwon,  Macy Gray, and in concerts in over 400 venues and nationally & internationally. ami received a hip-hop Ambassadorship in Bangladesh in 2014 and a fellowship with international music incubator OneBeat sponsored by the U.S. State Department  in 2015.

Her most recent music project, “Dragons in Gardens” focuses on equality, environmental sustainability, and human rights and will be a further work of love, light, unity, and global music artivism.

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Jul 26, 2016

Colleen Kinder is a travel writer and photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, The, National Geographic Traveler,, Creative Nonfiction, and The New York Times Travel Section.


Colleen is the author of Delaying the Real World (Running Press, 2005), a book about avoiding cubicle life after college. Over 25,000 noble slackers bought this book, and Colleen loves when they write her to say, "still in Jakarta…"


In 2013, Colleen co-founded Off Assignment with Vince Errico. The idea sprang out of Pico Iyer's visit to Colleen's travel writing class at Yale. Rather than just tell her students about his essays, Pico shared what he'd left out of his essays. It was riveting. Colleen created Off Assignment as a reading series in the fall of 2013, and is currently working with Vince to make OA a non-profit and an online publication, devoted to the stories behind glossy magazine and front-page news stories.


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Jul 19, 2016

Andrew Thomas is a co-founder of SkyBell Video Doorbell, a smart home security company with a video doorbell that lets you see who’s at your door from a smartphone. Andrew heads business development and platform strategy efforts for SkyBell – working with Honeywell,, Nest, Amazon and more.  Andrew is an Internet of Things expert, writes for, Forbes and the Huffington Post Blog, and has been interviewed on TV, podcasts and in print.

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Jul 12, 2016

Sarah Maslin Nir is a staff reporter for the New York Times, covering Brooklyn. She is the author of Unvarnished, a 13 month investigation into the working conditions of manicurists in New York City.  Her report prompted swift response from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a new law aimed at making workplaces equitable and safer for manicurists.  Sarah was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in recognition of her investigative journalism.



What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Covering Brooklyn as it represents the world
  • Sarah’s unintentional path to journalism
  • Politics, fashion, hip-hop: How they intersect
  • Distinction between Advocate and Journalist
  • Telling stories through other people’s eyes
  • Having a beer with a homeless guy
  • Seeking fascination in everything
  • Find the tip of the iceberg
  • Challenges
  • Sarah’s Unvarnished story
  • Handling negativity
  • Why you should be the BEST
  • Advice to millennials
  • The Old Girls’ Club
  • Sarah’s good day
  • Find a twinkle
  • The pure joy of passionfruit soda
  • Sarah’s favorite motivational quotes: From her father, “Let THEM say no first.” From MLK, Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” 
  • From Sojourner Truth, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, then these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again. And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”
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