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.

Join other listeners and our guests in our Facebook group!


Subscribe using your favorite podcast service with the links below or just search for "Academics Mean Business":

New to Academics Mean Business? Start with my interview in Episode 001!

Still not sure? Check out the quick preview below.

I'd love to connect with you if we haven't already!

If you have any questions, you can always reach out through email.

AMB 067: Re-Air of Lindsay Padilla First Episode

Lindsay's husband interviews her in this re-air of the first episode in lead up to next week.

(Apologies for the poor audio in the beginning.)

This is a republishing of the first AMB episode where Lindsay's husband, Derek, interviews her. Next week will be a follow up between Derek and Lindsay.

Join Lindsay and Derek in the AMB community on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ambcommunity

AMB 066: Adamaris Mendoza on Shifting Your Mindset Before Taking Action

Lindsay and Adamaris discuss the importance of mindset in business, and working with a spouse from home.

Join Lindsay, Adamaris, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook community at 

About Adamaris:

Adamaris is a Life and Business Mastery Strategy Expert with over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, coach and entrepreneur. She went from hiding in her office in corporate America to creating a thriving online international coaching/consulting business that now allows her to travel the world.

Her passion is to help, guide and support women entrepreneurs take ownership of their lives by living fulfilling and happy lives while building and growing thriving purpose driven businesses that nourish and allows them to experience the freedom of living the big bold life they desire.

She helps women uncover and break through limiting behavior patterns and design and implement strategies that leverage your true zone of genius – the key to a high-impact, profitable growing business.

She supports and guides women in business on how to get crystal clear clarity, experience unshakable confidence, take risks and face fear, and clear old and outdated money and success programming.


AMB 065: Loren Trlin on Keeping Your Profession Part-Time While Building a Business

Lindsay and Loren discuss how "there is no failure, just a heap of learning."

Join Lindsay, Loren, and other AMB listeners in the Facebook community at 

About Loren:

Loren Trlin is a holistic business coach helping coaches, consultants and entrepreneurs Quantum Leap their business results through business strategy, mindset mastery and the art of manifestation.


AMB 064: Jordan Gill on the Importance of Systems and Processes in an Online Business

Lindsay and Jordan discuss "seasonal businesses" and how to maintain your pipeline through the ups and downs.

Join Lindsay, Jordan, and all your favorite guests at the AMB Facebook community:

About Jordan:
With millions of dollars made and thousands of hours saved, Jordan Gill, Operations Consultant and Host of the Systems Saved Me Podcast, knows that if you want to make incredible impact in your business, you must have massive support. Her mission is to partner with business owners like YOU to balance new leads coming in while still getting your to do list done!


AMB 063: Amber Brooks on the Decision to Start Grad School or Enter Entrepreneurship

Lindsay and Amber discuss weighing the options when faced with grad school and starting a business.

Join Amber, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook community at

About Amber:

The Brandividual, Amber Brooks is a turnkey solution for evolving impact-driven brands who are tired of playing smaller than they should be and ready to show up loud and proud with a bigger brand so they can reach the right people. She helps coaches, consultants, and strategists connect what they care about and what their audience cares about to make magic happen and build the best service-based brands in the universe.


AMB 062: Britta Bushnell On How Influencers Have Made It Possible For Her To Have Her Classes Sold Out Months In Advance

Lindsay and Britta discuss how she's been able to sell out her childbirth classes for almost 20 years, months in advance.

Join Britta, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Britta:
Dr. Britta Bushnell is an award-winning childbirth, relationship, and parenthood specialist, author, and speaker. Britta's work focuses on the transformational journey of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Using a grounded, honest, and a playful approach, she helps parents navigate birth and parenthood with strength, confidence, and a deep connection as a couple.




AMB 061: Katy Peplin on Helping Grad Students while Keeping a Healthy Distance from Clients

Lindsay and Katy discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy distance from clients, especially when they're struggling with similar traumatic experiences that you've been through.

Join Katy, Lindsay, and other listeners in the AMB Facebook Community:


About Katy:

Katy Peplin, PhD is a coach who works with graduate students and early career academics. She believes strongly that grad school (and what comes after) can be better; it should not be necessary to sacrifice your health, well-being, and sense of fun to get a degree. She also runs the Thrive PhD accountability and resource community for grad students, works with clients one on one, and offers courses!



AMB 060: Isaiah Hankel, “The Cheeky Scientist,” on What to Do When You Make Mistakes in Business

Lindsay and Isaiah discuss iterating through mistakes and failures in business.

Join Isaiah, Lindsay, and all your favorite guest in the AMB Facebook Community:


About Isaiah:

Isaiah Hankel received his doctorate in Anatomy & Cell Biology and is an expert on mental focus, behavioral psychology, and career development. He grew up working on a sheep farm in the Pacific Northwest of the US before going on to get his doctorate. Isaiah went on to become the founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist®, a career training company that specializes in helping PhDs transition into corporate careers. He has been invited to speak at top institutions including Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, University of Chicago, University of Oxford England, the Marie Curie Institute France, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.







AMB 059: Jennifer Polk On Discovering What May Lay Beyond Tenure Track Professory And The Academy.

Lindsay and Jennifer discuss getting to the root of what energizes you.

Join Jennifer, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Jennifer:
Jennifer Polk is an entrepreneur and career coach for PhDs. She is co-founder and director of Beyond the Professoriate, a mission-driven organization that supports individual graduate degree holders and partners with institutions of higher education in Canada, the United States, and beyond. Dr. Polk speaks on campuses and at conferences throughout North America on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for PhDs, and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, University Affairs, Chronicle Vitae, Inside Higher Ed (with L. Maren Wood), and Academic Matters. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012.






AMB 058: Michelle Mazur On What You Should Focus On When Transitioning From Academia: Marketing, Sales and Cash Flow.

Lindsay and Michelle discuss how your valuable skills from academia will serve you!

Join Michelle, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Michelle:
Michelle Mazur, Ph.D, founded Communication Rebel® on the belief that communication changes the world, so that’s what she helps business owners, entrepreneurs, and speakers do: rebel against the status quo to make a difference, one compelling message at a time. Michelle has helped hundreds of business owners and speakers, some of whom have gone on to book $10,000 speaking gigs, become international speakers (even speaking in front of world leaders!), and raise three times the amount of money expected for the launch of a charity.





AMB 057: Jamie Russell On Client Management and Experience.

Lindsay and Jamie discuss how 90% of her bad client experiences came from not being savvy enough to say to potential clients that they have other steps to do before she can work with them.

Join Jamie, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Jamie:
Jamie Russell is chai tea loving, heart-centered strategist for creative entrepreneurs who need help identifying profitable strategies, developing sustainable systems, and managing project implementation. Jamie’s focus is on creating a rock-solid framework to build your business that will turn their big-picture visions into reality and scale businesses to unimaginable levels. Through her savvy strategies, automation know-how and radical solutions, she will shake up your approach to systemization — while making it all feel like a relaxing day at the spa. Find out where to release your business anxiety and resolve those struggles once + for all at jamierussells.com.






AMB 056: Adi Jaffe On Committing To Your Vision And Letting Go Of Your Ego.

Lindsay and Adi discuss how being successful requires letting go of ego, embarrassment, and shame around the question of if people will like you or not.

Join Adi, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:


About Adi:

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma. He lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA and was the Executive-Director and Co-Founder of one of the most progressive mental health treatment facilities in the country. Dr. Jaffe now writes for All About Addiction as well as for Psychology Today. His goal is to bring the latest knowledge about addiction to the people who could benefit from it most – those who are suffering because of it. His writing combines personal experience with a decade’s worth of fine-detail research regarding the mechanisms involved in the addictive process. Adi’s debut book, The Abstinence Myth is launching in August 2018 where he challenges the current recovery system and discusses his own non-traditional approach. His goal is to help others overcome addiction without shame, judgement or rules.






AMB 055: Jane Jones On Why You Sometimes Just Have To Try Things And See If They Work!

Lindsay and Jane discuss how difficult it was to learn to try things fast, instead of doing tons of research and studying before making moves.

Join Jane, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:


About Jane

Jane earned her PhD in Sociology from New York University in 2010. She worked as a tenure-track assistant professor for three years, then was a fellow at the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She started her business in 2014.





AMB 054: Autumn Witt Boyd On Why You Should Put Things In Writing!

Lindsay and Autumn discuss on what level entrepreneurs should be concerned about certain things such as trademark and ways to protect themselves legally.

Join Autumn, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:


About Autumn:

Autumn is an experienced intellectual property lawyer who helps high-achieving, ambitious entrepreneurs. She is a thought leader in the online business community, speaking frequently at conferences, seminars, and workshops about intellectual property, negotiation tactics, and business strategies.





AMB 053: Chris Humphrey On How The Transferable Skills You Have Gained While Being A Researcher Are The Skills You Should Sell.

Lindsay and Chris discuss how you can transition from academia by marketing your transferable skills first, not the content of your research.

Join Chris, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Chris:
Chris is a project manager and careers consultant, and the founder of the popular careers website Jobs on Toast.





AMB 052: Melanie Sodka On The Tools And Frameworks That Allow You To Find The Right Tension Within Your Capacity.

Lindsay and Melanie discuss how we have elasticity within our capacity but that it's possible to snap it, kill your capacity and have to start over again if you don't have the right tools and frameworks to help you.

Join Melanie, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Melanie:
Melanie Sodka is the founder of Egocake, a framework and coaching platform to transform high capacity individuals from over committing to thriving in their current environments. As an award winning Professor of entrepreneurship and international business, Melanie is also a speaker, podcaster of 'Capacity Creator' and writer, where she shares a suite of tools intended to guide people through the discovery of their personal capacity and how to respect it.






AMB 051: Gladys Ato On Why A Really Powerful Vision Is More Important Than Anything Else.

Lindsay and Gladys discuss why you need to claim your leadership and have a vision for your audience that is bigger than they have for themselves.

Join Gladys, Lindsay, and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Gladys:
Dr. Gladys Ato is a former university president and clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of “The Good Goodbye: How to Navigate Change and Loss in Life, Love, and Work.” She mentors expert coaches & service providers to elevate their authority and become true industry leaders and teaches executive leaders how to thrive through organizational change using The Good Goodbye® approach. Recognized as a Latina leader by Hispanic Executive magazine and winner of the Women Worth Watching in Education award, Dr. Ato has been featured in Forbes, TEDx Lincoln Square, NPR, NBC News, The Unmistakable Creative and other top publications and podcasts.





AMB 050: Caitlin Faas on the Freedom and Flexibility Outside the Academy

Lindsay and Caitlin discuss feeling like you don’t belong while taking action outside the academy.

Join Caitlin, Lindsay, and all your favorite guest in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Caitlin:

Caitlin Faas, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of psychology and life coach who is committed to helping busy professionals be their best selves on their academic path. Common issues include: feeling like a fraud, procrastination, and feeling stuck on next steps. As a speaker, she presents on generational issues with expertise in millennials and emerging adulthood, goal setting, and career development. She has extensive experience with various research methodologies, data analyses, and program evaluation. She earned her M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) from Virginia Tech in Human Development and Family Studies. She has co-authored over 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts and continues to work on Open Science initiatives. And finally, her tenure packet is submitted!






AMB 049: Melanie Klein on Activist and Academic Roots in Entrepreneurship

Lindsay and Melanie discuss how academia shuts down creativity and how those talents can be used elsewhere.

Join Melanie, Lindsay and all your favorite guests in the AMB Facebook Community:

About Melanie:

Melanie Klein, M.A., is an empowerment coach, thought leader and influencer in the areas of body confidence, authentic empowerment, and visibility. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016), co-editor of Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) as well as the editor of the new anthology, Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body (Llewellyn, 2018). She co-founded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition in 2014. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996 and currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.