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 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/






AMB 039: Kristi Lodge on Turning a Literature PhD into a Consulting Business

Lindsay and Kristi talk mindset and creativity in self employment, and the joys of non-academic writing.

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About Kristi:

I have a PhD, and I know how to use it! I trained as a medievalist but decided academia wasn't the right fit for my skills, interests, and values. After ten years in higher education as a career counselor, I became a recruiter for the non-profit and financial service industries. I'm now the proud owner of my own coaching and consulting firm, Incipit Career, LLC, which helps PhDs and other highly-educated and highly-skilled individuals transition into new, fulfilling careers.






AMB 038: Adrienne Dorison, Guest Lecturer The Smart Way to Design Your Business to Run Itself

Our first ever guest lecturer*! Lindsay learns Adrienne’s tips for hiring smartly without adding more work for yourself.

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Link discussed in this episode:

"Clockwork" The book by Adrienne and Mike Michalowicz.

Adrienne’s podcast episode discussing moving closer to goals:
The School of Self-Mastery: Business, Money, Life 232

About Adrienne:

Adrienne Dorison is the President + CEO of Run Like Clockwork™, a training + operations consultancy that equips CEO's to design a business that runs itself. Adrienne has helped hundreds of business leaders — from Fortune 500 corporations to fast-growth startups — expand their profit margins, cut costs + take a REAL vacation. By taking big-business efficiency principles and applying them to small businesses, Adrienne's clients have been able to double, triple, and even 10X their companies' growth, all while removing themselves from the day-to-day operation. Adrienne partnered with Mike Michalowicz {author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, + other best-selling books} to create the ‘Clockwork’ method for Mike’s newest book, Clockwork.

She's personally passionate about baking in generosity into business models, + believes when we earn more money, we can give more back to the world. Adrienne lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband + their 2 dogs. You can find Adrienne sharing dog pics on social media or actually helping her clients over at runlikeclockwork.com.




*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 037: Kristina Hallett on Using the Positive Power of Stress While Avoiding Burnout

Lindsay and Kristina discuss the importance of embracing vulnerability while avoiding burnout.

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Link discussed in the episode:

AMB 019 with Marc Cordon: 

Kristina's books:

Be Awesome: https://amzn.to/2L7E55w

Own Best Friend: https://amzn.to/2wfyVij

About Kristina:

Dr. Kristina Hallett is an Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bay Path University. Dr. Hallett has a wealth of experience in speaking, teaching and coaching. Dr. Hallett speaks internationally on leadership, harnessing the positive power of stress, work-life balance, resilience, communication, self-care, mentoring, and living your best life. Dr. Hallett has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She is active in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, the National Association of Professional Women, the American Psychological Association and the E-Women Network. Dr. Hallett is the go-to expert for helping driven professionals banish burnout and more of what they love with who they love by learning to be "stress smart" and find true work-life synergy. Her specialty is guiding clients off the roller-coaster ride of multiple roles and responsibilities into sustainable living with purpose and joy. Dr. Hallett’s coaching supports transformation from “aspiration to reality” through practical, easy-to-implement strategies. She is known for her approachable style, ready smile and genuine commitment to achievable solutions that work.







AMB 036: Maren Katherina Preis on Personal Branding for Academics

Lindsay and Catie discuss the importance of your personal brand, whether you own your own business or not. Coming from the physical sciences, Dr. Cat has found posting her research to social media leads to better reach, stronger connections, and higher recognition from colleagues.

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About Catie:

Catie Leta aka Dr. rer. nat. Maren Katherina Preis is a licensed pharmacist from Germany, holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, and is a certified specialist for Pharmaceutical Technology. She received the award for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014/2015 by the International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology in 2016 for her work about innovative oral drug delivery systems. Although everyone expected her to climb the academic ladder, Catie decided to follow her passions and turn them into a business: social media and fitness. Catie has always been a creative person and active on social media platforms. It all started with helping friends, colleagues and organisations to setup social media accounts to gain visibility in today's digital world. Today, she helps health and fitness coaches, but also aspiring scientists, to build their personal brands online like she did herself: "Social Like Catie" is the name of the program where she teaches her clients everything she learned in almost 10 years on social media. Besides all that, Catie is a passionate athlete and coach who offers strength- and powerbuilding programs for her clients.







AMB 035 Sara Gallegos: Making the Jump From Academia

Hello, World!

Lindsay and Sara discuss those first few weeks of starting a business, being honest with yourself through regular self-reflection and using research to help your business grow.

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About Sara:

Sara Gallegos, Ed.D. is a higher education student affairs professional with fourteen years of experience. She has worked with undergraduate students and graduate students in student life. Her areas of expertise are in student activities and student government. She has recently embarked on starting up her consulting business again, SG Consulting, focusing on using reflective learning in student leadership development.