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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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.”
Jul 4, 2016

PG Sittenfeld currently serves on Cincinnati's City Council, where he chairs the Education & Entrepreneurship Committee and was the youngest Councilmember ever elected in Cincinnati. He was a 2016 candidate for the Democratic nomination for Ohio's United States Senate seat - a race in which he finished 2nd, earning nearly a quarter million votes in his first bid for statewide office.


PG also co-founded the non-profit Community Learning Center Institute, which included an innovative proposal to turn school buildings into around-the-clock learning hubs featuring adult education, co-located health and dental facilities, and recreational programs.


Listen to the episode as PG discusses:


  • Why PG got into politics
  • Why local politics can actually affect the political discourse on a national level
  • The issues that PG and other millennials care about that motivated him to get involved in politics
  • Why leading by example is important
  • Are millennials wrongly stereotyped as cynical and apathetic about politics?
  • Why millennials may feel frustrated by politics and is it a justified feeling?
  • How young people in elected office can provide much-needed diversity
  • How PG wants to inspire other millennials to get into public service
  • What’s fun about being an elected official
  • The 2 roles that PG feels are important in his political career
  • Why a community-based approach to improving people’s lives is important
  • How a holistic approach to education is really a whole child approach
  • Why millennials are really outward facing in their outlook
  • Lessons learned from his failed Senate bid
  • Positive outcomes PG accomplished by being in the campaign
  • Why millennials crave work that has meaning

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

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

You can read the full show notes and resources at

May 29, 2016

Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.  Her recent work has received the National Magazine Award, the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” the Overseas Press Club’s Joe & Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism.

Her coverage of America’s wars overseas and the challenges facing soldiers at home has appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New,, and The  She taught a seminar on the Iraq war at Yale, and also ran a creative writing workshop for four years at Cheshire Correctional Institute, a maximum-security men’s prison in Connecticut.  She is currently reporting on immigration and criminal justice issues.

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

May 28, 2016

Jennine Cohen is a Latin America luxury and adventure travel expert as seen in Travel & Leisure, YahooTravel, Fortune, ABC, CBS, Travel Weekly, and much more. Jennine is committed to curating once-in-a-lifetime journeys, and travels to the southern hemisphere on exploratory trips several times a year to uncover insider and unique experiences. Currently, she is the Managing Director at GeoEx, a high-end adventure travel company that crafts wanderlust-fueled journeys to the ends of the earth.

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

May 28, 2016

Want to meet some Millennials who are making a difference in the world today? You've come to the right place. This podcast is all about showcasing the best of the Millennial generation and how they are making the world a better place.

Hosted by Blake Brandes and Ivy LaClair, each show will highlight an amazing Millennial who is passionate about their work and focused on making society more purpose minded.

In this episode, you get to meet Blake and Ivy and hear exactly why they have started the show, plus you get a glimpse of what is to come in the podcast!

You can find more about Motivational Millennials and read all about the guests at:

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