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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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


AMB 048: Norman Eng on Self-Publishing as a Way to Put Your Degree to Use Beyond Adjuncting

Lindsay and Norman discuss leveraging your degree beyond adjuncting, specifically through self-publishing.

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About Norman:

With a background in business marketing and teaching, Norman Eng realized that both are about building relationships—the former with customers and the latter with students. He took that idea and developed it into a system to help new professors teach more effectively in the classroom. It spawned an Amazon bestselling book ("Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students") and an online course (the "Teaching College Masterclass"). Find out more at NormanEng.org.





AMB 047: Ai Addyson-Zhang on Academic Social Media

Lindsay and Ai discuss the importance of a social media presence as an academic, whether in business or in the classroom.

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About Ai:

Dr. Ai is a professor and digital learning consultant. Besides teaching PR and social media classes in the classroom, Dr. Ai helps teachers learn how to leverage social media to transform their own classroom teaching and to use social media to diversify and enhance their own careers to have more income and impact. Dr. Ai's entrepreneurial journey was recently featured in Forbes.



AMB 046: Jeremy Wells on the Joys of an Unknown Future

Lindsay and Jeremy discuss multiple life shifts both in and out of academia. They also cover the benefits of retainer vs hourly pricing.

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About Jeremy:

A numbers nerd who keeps you straight with the IRS. I help professionals, families, freelancers, and small businesses stay on top of their finances so they reach for higher things. Heart of a teacher because I was one, so you stay in the know, not confused. I specialize in serving individuals and families, freelancers, (former) academics, and small businesses.




AMB 045: Julie Raich Diémé on Putting an Educational Background to Work

Lindsay and Julie discuss how to bring experiences with curriculum and training development into a business.

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About Julie:

Julie Raich Diémé is an experienced Online Course Designer, educational consultant and teacher of 20+ years. She is a languages nerd (fluent in 4!), avid world traveler, wife and mom.  

Since her son was born in 2015, she has developed a passion for bringing her business online and helping others to do the same, in order to find the perfect balance of freedom & flexibility for her family as well as make a larger impact with her work.  

Julie helps experienced professionals around the world to bring their offline expertise to an elearning platform with her course consulting & teacher training services. She also partners with established online businesses to improve existing courses for increased student success rates and profits.

She also teaches online Spanish for Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she lives with her husband Joseph and their son Gabriel.

AMB 044: Chris Cloney on the Importance of a Small Niche

Lindsay and Chris discuss combusting dust accidents as a business niche (That’s small!), and helping grad students blog their research.

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About Chris:

Chris is a recent PhD graduate in Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University. He runs an independent research company, DustEx Research Ltd., which focuses on industrial safety with specific expertise in the prevention and mitigation of dust fires and explosions. Chris started the company as a website and blogging platform during the completion of his PhD research. He now focuses on creating an engaged audience in this space, distributing the latest research in his field, speaking, and connecting with these industries around the world. In addition to DustEx Research, Chris also works with graduate students and professors to help them create online platforms about their work, become leaders in their field, and build online businesses around their expertise.






AMB 042: Theresa Lyons on Starting a Business in a Scientific Way

Lindsay and Theresa discuss how to take scientific research skills and build a business with the knowledge gained through those efforts.

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About Theresa:

Dr. Theresa Lyons, “The Autism Healing Expert”, teaches parents how to forget about autism…even if just for a moment or hour or week…and do the fun things that they dreamed about doing with their child before the diagnosis.

Recognized as an autism and nutrition expert by Huffington Post and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Lyons is the premiere voice of scientific reason in the world of autism.  Her mission is to correct the widespread misinformation on autism, nutrition and therapies and seriously impact the autism epidemic with her science-based approach to food and wellness.

Dr. Lyons has her PhD in chemistry from Yale University and loves to translate cutting-edge research into actionable steps that parents can easily take to improve their child’s life.






AMB 041: Zach Spuckler, GUEST LECTURER: The First Steps of Starting and Marketing an Online Business

Zach joins Lindsay as our next Guest Lecturer* and discusses what early steps to take before you even have an audience, and what to do with your audience once you get going with your online biz.

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About Zach:

Zach is the founder of Heart, Soul & Hustle and host of a podcast by the same name where he teaches business owners how to leverage Facebook Ads and Launches to strategically maximize leads, conversions, and sales – and ultimately profit! At just 25, Zach has helped his students execute six-figure launches and create sustainable sales funnels that leverage Facebook Ads that allow them to work less and profit more.




*Guest lecturers are AMB guests who don’t necessarily identify as an academic, but have loads of knowledge to contribute to the audience. Yes, we have footnotes in our show notes :)

AMB 040: Anjali Nath Upadhyay on Activism in Entrepreneurship

Lindsay and Anjali discuss how activism and community building can fit into an exploitive system without compromise.

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About Anjali:

Anjali Nath Upadhyay M.A.² is the founder of Liberation Spring, a grassroots adult freedom school, and Feral Visions, a decolonial feminist podcast. She's academically trained as a political scientist, philosopher, and educator. She holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with specializations in Indigenous Politics (the only program of its kind in the US) & Political Theory & a Graduate Certificate in International Cultural Studies (the only Cultural Studies graduate program in the US that explicitly teaches scholarship from the Global South & not mostly the Western canon). She also holds an M.A. degree from the oldest Women’s Studies Department in the US (at San Diego State University) with concentrations in feminist pedagogies, epistemologies, and gender and militarization. She double-majored in Women’s Studies and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy at California State University at Fullerton. From 2010-2014, she was a Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Anjali’s longstanding curiosities focus on learning and teaching as practices of freedom.


Anjali’s podcast: https://liberationspring.com/feral-visions/