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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Jun 28, 2016

Joe Martinez is an editorial and portrait photographer living and working in New York City.  His clients include:


•The Navy Wounded Warrior Project

•The Brooklyn Nets

•Ronald McDonald House New York

•Yahoo! Music

•Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Joe also sings with the a cappella group The Lost Keys, was an American Idol contestant, and has been the featured vocalist on Motivational Millennial co-host, Blake Brandes's, hip-hop albums for the last decade.

Check out Joe's work at


Listen to the episode as Joe shares:


  • Joe’s favorite jam
  • The habit Joe employs to make sure he gets his day started right
  • The Maya Angelou quote that speaks deeply to Joe
  • Why self doubt hasn’t stopped him from sharing his work
  • Why everyone doesn’t have to like your work
  • The pivotal point where Joe almost moved back home to get back on his feet
  • How Joe was self-sabotaging with his thoughts
  • Ways building a community is important to Joe and how he does it through photography.
  • How the recession positively impacted millennials

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Jun 21, 2016

Dr. Mary Hemphill is a dynamic, transformative leader and community builder in the K-12 Education sphere, and is the co-author of the book Educational Leaders in a Multicultural Society. Currently the principal at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School in North Carolina, Mary also runs The Scholar Vlogger, a social media and social movement project dedicated to cultivating moldmakers through inspiration, education, and motivation.


  • Find out about the work Mary is doing, and more importantly, why she’s passionate about it
  • Why Mary advocates thinking outside the crayon box
  • The challenges Mary faces in “doing public education right” in the 21st century
  • Why Mary views education as a “people business”
  • Can you name the country that has the best education system in the world? Mary shares it
  • Mary’s special plan to connect the home environment of students to the classroom teacher
  • Why “let us figure it out”, rather than “What are you going to do?” has worked for her
  • Why she lives by the mantra - "create your own reality"



Connect with Mary:


The Scholar Vlogger -



Snapchat @scholarvlogger



Jun 14, 2016

Lauren Burgoyne is a broadcast journalist, TV host, speaker, and writer. Her credits include being the founder of The Greater Purpose Project and the Executive Producer of Greater Purpose Productions.  She has produced multiple shows for television and the web and has worked as an on-air reporter, anchor, and producer at TV stations in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Missouri.  She was also awarded Best Spot News by the Associated Press.  In addition to her work, she loves Fantasy Football, hanging with friends and fam, salsa dancing, hiking, traveling, her cat Bella Puss and being an aspiring yogi. 


  • Find out Lauren’s Jam - the song that gets her pumped!
  • What habits make sure her day starts in a positive way
  • How she uses her gratitude journal daily
  • Find out who Lauren’s “historical crush” is!
  • Why the “crazy ones” get things done
  • The best advice and how she embodies it
  • Why it’s important to have visual reminders about what you are supposed to be doing in the world
  • The 3 options you have when tragedy strikes
  • The people Lauren believes are the true Super Heroes among us
  • The story of Patrick and how it impacted Lauren
  • Why you, yes YOU are so chocolate bar! Yes you are!
  • What has stoked Lauren’s passion at the moment


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Jun 7, 2016

Travis Marsh, Co-Founder of Courage Labs, Startup & Entrepreneur Coach.

Travis graduated salutatorian from University of Florida in Engineering.  He pursued a successful engineering and sales management career before taking a turn toward the more complex world of what motivates us and what makes us happy. 

He now splits his time between facilitating Interpersonal Communications at Stanford Graduate School of Business, running a coaching company focused on Startup and Entrepreneurs, and building a software company that is trying to bring coaching to more people.  When he’s not working he loves getting out to travel to new countries and whatever adventure sports he can find wherever he can find them.

Learn more about Travis at

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