Welcome to Academics Mean Business!

Hi, I'm Dr. Lindsay Padilla. Thanks for checking out my podcast! Below, you'll find all the great episodes and interviews with inspiring academic entrepreneurs who are finally profiting from their incredible knowledge and skills.

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AMB 027 Echo Rivera: Community Psychology to Research Communications Specialist

Echo and Lindsay discuss being unsure as a grad student, and creating a business focused on ending #DeathByPowerPoint.

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About Echo:

I am a community-based researcher/evaluator and effective research communication specialist with 15 years of multi-sector professional experience. I typically lead research/evaluation projects to improve the social and community response to intimate partner violence (IPV), though I also work on other social (in)justice topics. Through my company, Creative Research Communications LLC, I also help social justice-oriented academics, scientists, evaluators, and researchers create compelling and effective presentations through training, mentoring, and custom illustration services. My goal is to end #DeathByPowerPoint and to help others communicate their work in creative, engaging, and effective ways so that we can create lasting positive social change.






AMB 026 Amy Walsh: From Art Professor to Branding Specialist

Amy and Lindsay discuss the parallels of being an artist and academic, and the oppressive nature of academic institutions.

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Sneak peak PHOTO of Amy's photoshoot of Lindsay!

Amy Walsh is an artist, educator and branding specialist who, with her business the Bureau of Tactical Imagination, helps mission-driven entrepreneurs master the art of visual storytelling in all of their communications.




AMB 025 Lisa Munro: From a History PhD to a Writing Business

Lindsay and Lisa discuss overcoming a fear of failure, and finding your power post PhD.

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About Lisa Munro:

I'm an entrepreneur with a PhD in history. I own a small, independent writing business called the Mérida Collective Writing Project. I help academic writers get more writing done with less shame and greater joy.

I host writing retreats in Mexico and Guatemala to provide safe, collaborative spaces for writers to take creative risks in their work. I coach writers to help them use their own creativity and ingenuity to create strategies to reach their writing goals. I also provide academic editing services to scholars in the humanities.






AMB 024 Valerie Baker Using Psychology to Help Women Turn Crises Into Fuel

Lindsay and Valerie discuss "patriarchal stress disorder" within academia, and the dangers of being a smart, successful woman.

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Dr. Valerie's podcast: www.hersuccessradio.com

Psychologist turned life and executive coach, Dr. Valerie helps women use adversity and crises as fuel for transformation, which she defines as moving from unconscious to conscious creation of your life — designed by your desires. Her system is based on her doctoral research on transformation and over 20,000 hours of facilitating people’s journeys as a holistic therapist and coach. On her podcast, Her Success Radio, Dr. Valerie has real and raw conversations with inspiring women on the journey of transformation. Join the conversation at www.hersuccessradio.com and find yourself on the map of your own journey at www.herjourneymap.com






AMB 023 Cate Denial: History Professor and Pedagogical Coach

Lindsay and Cate discuss the birth of Cate’s business in coaching educators at the beginnings of their teaching careers. They also touch upon the inspiration and support found in fellow academics running businesses.

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About Cate:

Cate Denial is the Bright Professor of History, Chair of the History department, and director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. A teacher for twenty-three years, Cate has published and consults on pedagogical innovation, was a participant in the 2017 Digital Pedagogy Institute, and is a member of the Educational Advisory Board of the Digital Public Library of America.




AMB 022 Masha Evpak on the Emotional Toll of a PhD Program

Lindsay and Masha discuss how graduate work affects mental wellbeing and what it feels like to be a generalist in a system that requires specializing. They get into growth mindset, anxiety attacks, and mental health struggles in grad school and describe how the hardships and lessons of grad school now translate into Masha's job at a community college and her business as a confidence coach.

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Links discussed in this episode:


BoldAdulting Podcast https://www.boldadulting.com/blog/?tag=podcast

Masha interviews two of her former students on the BoldAdulting podcast: Med Student Cuong Lieu and Scientist Mo Anderson 

Masha's day job is at San Diego Continuing Education which has free career training including in small business

Sharing Science - Masha's students' project to share science to non-scientists on Instagram

Quirky Bingers, fat-positive binge-eating Facebook support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/quirkybingers/

Science and Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz: https://scijust.ucsc.edu/

Recovering Academic podcast

Lena Benning - co-founder of Quirks Who Care and the artist who created Masha's business card design

The Allied Genetics Conference - the conference that was a turning point in Masha's decision to leave her PhD program

#SciComm and #SciCommJobs

Biz Chix podcast

She Podcasts Facebook Group

About Masha Evpak:

Masha Evpak has been waging a battle against the mental health problems rampant in academia since she realized how stressed out her fellow grad students were. She tackles these issues through one-on-one coaching, in-person workshops, and through her podcast. Masha is the founder of BoldAdulting.com (@BoldAdulting), where she helps amazing people courageously tackle what life throws at them, even when they're afraid they have no idea what they're doing. Her past experiences include working as a scientist and being shocked when she realized her 100 pound weight loss wasn’t the answer to her body image struggles. She uses the lessons of her past to inform both her BoldAdulting projects and her day job at San Diego Continuing Education.








AMB 021 Yasemin Inal on Appreciating Others on a Human Level

Lindsay and Yasemin discuss how to authentically connect with others and where musical theater fits into business.




Brenden Bruchard's High Performance Habits book: 

About Yasemin:

Yasemin has been a big dreamer and doer ever since she was a little girl. At 17, leaving her parents behind in Istanbul, Turkey, she flew all the way to the US to study PR/Journalism. After losing her father at 18, she was left with a difficult decision to go back or to stay and follow her dreams here in the US. She chose the harder road and never looked back. Despite all the financial struggles she faced, she put herself through a private school without any student loans and graduated with the highest honors.

After teaching for more than a decade, Yasemin founded her company Amplify Your Dreams when she discovered her passion for coaching. Yasemin is a High Performance Coach, International Speaker and a Podcast host of The Thriving Entrepreneur. She
loves empowering ambitious, big-hearted entrepreneurs to reach higher levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence so they can thrive.

Yasemin is a mommy of 3, enjoys the outdoors, loves anything with chocolate and is a total gym bunny.

AMB 020 Barbi Honeycutt on Building a Business Through Your Academic Scholarship

Lindsay and Barbi discuss how to turn your academic work into a business, and the importance of taking action with a business in education.

Links from this episode:

Lindsay's twitter: https://twitter.com/lindsaympadilla

Academics Mean Business Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMBcommunity/

To Sell is Human, book: https://amzn.to/2J9Lxwr

Barbi's Scholarly Entrepreneur blog: http://barbihoneycutt.com/category/scholarly-entrepreneur/

About Barbi Honeycutt:

Dr. Barbi Honeycutt is a speaker, scholar, and author. Throughout the past 17 years, she has facilitated more than 3,200 professional development events for more than 17,000 faculty, graduate students, and postdocs around the world. She is the founder of FLIP It Consulting in Raleigh, North Carolina. The “FLIP” means to “Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process.” Barbi leads in-person workshops, teaches online courses, and writes books and articles for educators who want to learn more about how to engage students and improve learning.







AMB 019 Marc Cordon on Taking Educated Risks When Leaving Academia

Lindsay and Marc discuss the importance of being certified in the entrepreneur space. They touch on Marc's teacher's philosophy of flourishing in life while feeling good and functioning well.

Marc Cordon is the founder of Greater Good Strategic & Life Coaching which serves rebellious entrepreneurs, misfit coaches, and ostensible iconoclasts who are committed to changing history for the better. He has received several coaching accolades from the Institute for Professional and Excellence in Coaching including an Energy Leadership Index - Master Practitioner, Certified Professional Coach, and COR.E Dynamics specialties in Transitions, Leadership, Performance, and Wellbeing and a certification in positive psychology from WholeBeing Institute.. His book on entrepreneurship, coaching and positive psychology "Beyond Resilient: The Coach's Guide for Ecstatic Growth" recently reached international best-seller status.. For over two decades, he has assisted countless people in self-development through speaking engagements, retreats, mini-courses, and 1-on-1 advising and mentoring. Marc loves spending time with his family and plays roller derby under the nickname of Manila Ice.








AMB 018 Ashley Hampton on the Balance Needed to Start an Online Business

Lindsay and Ashely discuss the the transitions from academia, to private practice, to online services and how the academy prepared Ashley for the jobs at hand. They touch upon the missing external validation in the business world compared to degrees and tangible benchmarks in academia, and the money mindset holdovers after leaving a teaching career.

Dr. Ashley Hampton helps successful women entrepreneurs improve their business mindset and productivity strategies to elevate their businesses without increasing the amount of hours worked and without sacrificing a healthy work-life balance.







AMB 017 Kat Malinsky on What it Means to be a Coach

Lindsay interviews her dissertation coach on what how coaching helps get past roadblocks in life, and specifically grad school.

As a professionally certified coach, I specialize in mentoring dissertation writers to focus their topics, design and align the elements of their proposals and complete their dissertations. In addition to chairing over 100 dissertation committees during my 14-year tenure at Argosy University, I have coached over 50 clients through their dissertation journeys over the past 6 years.





AMB 016 Sarah Fox on Putting Creative Writing Skills to Use in Business

Lindsay interviews Sarah Fox who puts her writing degrees to use in her editing and coaching business. Sarah shares her feelings of being creatively stifled by her institutions before leaving for the entrepreneur world.






Sarah Fox is an editor and writing coach who helps ambitious authors start and complete their novels. When she is not helping others achieve their book dreams, she works on her own young adult book series.

AMB 015 Sarah Whitten on Academic Superpowers in Business

Lindsay interviews Sarah Whitten who turned her academic position as a vocal instructor into a business helping women find their true voice for the world to hear. Along the way, Sarah reveals the superpowers that she brings to her business to help get the job done.





Sarah Whitten is a classically trained singer, voice teacher and certified yoga instructor with 15 years of experience. Her insatiable love of learning has lead her to study anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the voice and body. A teacher, mentor and explorer of her own body, she’s focused on holistic, functional ways of moving and using the voice to find an optimal sound.

She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and the Voice Foundation. She holds a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy as well as a Masters in Vocal Performance, both from The Ohio State University. She completed coursework in Voice Disorders through the MGH Institute of Health Professions and additional studies in The Estill Method and Somatic Voicework™. Additionally, She holds a 500 hour certificate in teaching yoga and has studied yoga as therapy with top yoga therapists in North America. She has completed multiple years of training in Nutritious Movement™.

After spending 13 years as a member of Harvard’s Holden Voice Faculty, she left to create her own business. She has presented workshops on the body and voice around the country at conferences, colleges, universities and secondary schools.


AMB 014 Kelli Saginak: Transforming Education One Tenure-Track Mom at a Time

Lindsay Padilla and Kelli Saginak discuss being frustrated with academic writing and the common-yet-unspoken anxiety of women in academia.

Links discussed in this episode

About Kelli Saginak:

Professor turned certified life coach who teaches stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious tenure-track moms how to go from surviving to thriving. I'm on a mission to transform old, outdated, oppressive Ivory Tower paradigms one brilliant, amazing tenure-track mom at a time.






AMB 013 Dave Eng on Starting a Business Despite Institutional Constraints

Lindsay interviews guest Dave Eng discussing his role on campus working in student services versus being a full professor, and the early stages of a new income stream within institutional constraints.

Dave Eng, Ed.D. is an intellectual and creative educator, designer, and researcher who combines, games, theory, and technology to define NEXT practice. He is currently the Director of Student Activities and adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He has previously worked and traveled extensively with Semester at Sea. His research interests include learning theory, technology, and games.








AMB 012 Makenna Held

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Start with a vintage, enameled cast iron Dutch Oven (teal is her favorite). Then sauté a mirepoix of business acumen, marketing, and strategy; pour in a good bottle of Integral Coaching methodology; add a cup of movement and spirituality; and a hearty handful of feminist theory. Whisk gently. Follow with a sprinkle each of intuition, wry comedy, and truth talking; and finally a dash of Tibetan theories of Emptiness. Place in the sun for two hours and VOILA! You have Makenna.

In 2015, she followed the wild hair of her intuition and managed to purchase (with the help of investors) La Pitchoune, Julia Child’s former summer home in France. Since then, she has created The Courageous Cooking School at La Pitchoune, a recipe-free (EGADS!) experience that turns recipe bound cooks into creative masters of their home kitchen; created The HeartFirst Method–a movement and coaching methodology for leaders based on Integral Coaching methods; and founded ALo Records, one of the few women-owned record labels in the country.




AMB 011 Valerie Reed

Valerie Reed has consulted for both new and established business owners in the areas of beauty/cosmetics, wholesaling, identifying ideal clients, marketing, health and wellness industry, fitness, education, fashion and real estate. Valerie is the founder of Valana Minerals, an all. natural and vegan cosmetics company that founded over ten years ago. Mrs. Reed has since expanded Valana Minerals to include Unapologetic Rejuvenation Hawaii Retreats and Safer Cosmetic Consumer Education. Mrs. Reed's experience also involves twenty years teaching-administration and mentoring in the areas of culture, society, professional and personal development. The support, guidance and consulting solutions provided are enhanced by certifications as a master business coach, business coach, life coach, Neuro-linguistic practitioner, and online education,  in addition to multiple degrees in sociology and fashion-design and merchandising. Valerie continues to create her 'ideal life' and helps others do the same. She splits her time between California and Hawaii and in her spare time enjoys creating pottery and real estate prospecting. Supporting clients to identify the strategies that will help their lives and businesses soar and build a strong foundation as a springboard for a strong future are Valerie's primary goals.


AMB 010 Jessica Wayman

Jessica Wayman is a Marketing Mentor + Strategist to high achieving and creative women entrepreneurs who are looking to speak their ideal client's language and make a difference with their work. She has helped large and small companies gain clarity in their messaging, present their ideas in creative ways, and reach their ideal clients using well crafted funnel strategies. Jessica infuses her years of education and experience in psychology, business & marketing, and education when working with her clients to offer an enriching experience of transformation. She understands the value of creating freedom in your business, as she is a mother to a very busy little boy.





AMB 009 Nadine Crespo

Nadine helps female entrepreneurs that need to find their voice and hone their skills so that they deliver exceptional results to their clients and set themselves apart as industry leaders. By using proven methods she helps clients to transform from playing it safe to arriving and standing in their power that makes them both unique and highly sought out. She specializes in tailoring plans that work for clients that transcend both their personal and professional life; no one deserves to be put in a one size fit all plan!