Welcome to the In Pursuit Podcast
In Pursuit is the newest podcast to hit the net discussing the passions and projects of those in pursuit of big things. People all around the world inspire us every day, pushing us to strive for new goals while setting the bar high in different aspects of life. We have found there are so many interesting people who have very unique stories and more importantly, fought through struggles only to come out on top and show the world who they are. Our differences are truly what unite us as the human race, learning about one another while continually inspiring to go be their best versions of themselves.There is always room in your life for thinking bigger, pushing limits & imagining the impossible. Join us as we stay in pursuit of those making it happen!
Growing up, I was surrounded by powerful women who were thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and trail-blazers. One specifically was my mom, Heidi Ganahl – founder of Camp Bow Wow, the world’s largest pet-care franchise.
But when it came time to go off on my own, I was determined to pave my own path. During my time at the University of Oregon, I did everything I could to grow, learn and lead. I dove deep into my education, taking extra classes and joining clubs to further my knowledge. I led the largest sorority on campus as President, which then led me to become Panhellenic President and a leader of the FSL community. But something was missing.
As everyone around me was deciding where they would move or what job they would take, I was discouraged. Even after 45 informational interviews, I was feeling like I would never find the perfect match. A week later, I got a call from a recruiter and solidified a position in Portland, OR in IT staffing. After a year with the company, even though I was on the path to success, I was still feeling like there was something more for me – I was craving passion and purpose.
Enter SHEFACTOR™ – a brand my mom and I built together that inspires young women to live life with greater authenticity, empowerment, and joy. And it’s changed everything for me – I’ve learned so much about myself and pushed myself harder than I knew possible. I’ve identified what makes me tick, what I value, and how to be the best version of myself. But how could my journey have been different if I had a roadmap to help me realize my full potential sooner?
There’s more pressure than ever for young women to succeed in their career, but no focus on a holistic approach to balancing everything in their lives, to feeling fulfilled. By giving women the tools, mentorship, community, and empowerment to succeed, SHEFACTOR™ is helping women become confident, successful leaders of their lives and create the life they love – their “Journey to She”.
Timothy O’Donnell is one of the world’s most successful and experienced American long-course triathletes. As a professional, he has earned 50+ podium finishes including over 22 wins at major events throughout the world.
Along with the ITU Long Distance World Champion (2009) title, his other wins include nine Ironman 70.3 victories, two IRONMAN wins, and six Armed Forces National Championships. Most recently, Timothy came in 2nd place at the World Championship that took place in Kona, HI in 2019.
At the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Timothy has finished 3rd (2015), 5th (2013), 6th (2016), 8th (2012) and earned the top American spot in 2013 & 2015. In 2013, he tied the existing American IRONMAN record with an 8:01:32 victory at IRONMAN Brazil. In 2015 at IRONMAN Brazil, he completed his fastest IRONMAN to date at 7:55:56. He was the IRONMAN 70.3 US Pro Champion in 2012 and the IRONMAN US Pro Champion in 2011. .
Jon McGraw co-founded Vision Pursue (VP) after its principles radically shifted his mindset, performance, and overall life experience.
He’s since guided and assisted in the successful application of these principles inside hundreds of corporate teams and sports franchises. He’s a sought after keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and Performance Mindset trainer.
Before VP, Jon played 10 years in the NFL. plus completed business management and entrepreneurship programs at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School.
Scott Duffy began his career working for best-selling author and speaker, Tony Robbins, and went on to work for several small businesses that became big media brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FOXSports.com. Next, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
Today, Scott’s mission is to help change the world through entrepreneurship. He leads the conversations that spark new ideas, innovations, that help entrepreneurs achieve exponential growth. He is the Host of “What Now? with Scott Duffy”, has been listed as a “Top 10 Speaker” by Entrepreneur, spoken at the NYSE and provided commentary in numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio. He is a 2x best-selling author on entrepreneurship. His latest book, “Breakthrough” is published by Entrepreneur Magazine/Press.
Over the next few years he would tour Italy as a recording artist promoting his self titled debut album, and play the role of Stacee Jaxx in the original Las Vegas company of Broadway’s Rock of Ages. He is the executive producer and star of both seasons of Amazon’s LADIES OF THE LAKE, which garnered him his second Emmy nomination for Best Digital Drama.
His most recent roles have come in the popular Christmas movie, A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, and the upcoming, THE RAVINE, where he stars alongside Eric Dane, Teri Polo, Leslie Uggams and Peter Facinelli.
Cynthia Kersey is the founder and CEO of the Unstoppable Foundation whose focus is to ensure that every child on the planet has access to the life-long gift of education.
She is a respected leader in the transformational industry, a best-selling author of two books, “Unstoppable” and “Unstoppable Women” and an international speaker.
Cynthia knows first hand that giving is not only good for business, it’s good for the soul. She inspires people to give and provides business professionals with a practical action plan on how they can expand their business, create customer evangelists and become completely invigorated about their life and business by integrating generosity as a fundamental part of their business model.
Cynthia embodies her message and has integrated giving and contribution into her life and business for well over two decades. The Unstoppable Foundation has provided a daily education to over 40,000 children, and provides access to life-saving services such as clean water, health care and nutritious food through organic gardens to over 78,000 men, women and children in Kenya alone!
Keoni Waxman is an American filmmaker who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is known for writing, directing and producing action films, dark thrillers and indie dramas which he shoots all over the world for his company ActionHouse Pictures. Keoni currently resides with his family in Santa Monica, California.
Keoni went to film school at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he discovered his passion for making movies through his various peers and professors and by working his way up in the camera department where he eventually ended up being a camera operator. Shooting films for others turned into writing and directing films for himself and eventually Keoni wrote and directed his first feature film before even graduating.
Since then Keoni has worked all over the world making movies and television. His most recent film is “The Ravine”, shot in New Orleans and based on the novel by Robert Pascuzzi. Produced by Hope Messenger Media (Robert & Kelly Pascuzzi) the film is a message of redemption and forgiveness and continues to push new boundaries of creative vision.
Les Norman is a syndicated sports radio host, TV analyst, author and motivational speaker. Norman also used to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals during the 95’ & 96’ seasons as an outfielder and pursued baseball heavily from a young age.
Rising from the ashes of poverty and childhood abuse, Les defeated the odds and rose to prominence by earning a Junior Olympic Gold Medal and playing Major League Baseball.
Along with his syndicated sports radio show, “Breakin’ the Norm”, heard weekly, his high energy presentations inspire others to break through, push forward and become not just what they want to be, but what they never imagined they could be!
Referred to as the “Ambassador of Country Music,” Shawn Parr has spent 20 plus years on the Los Angeles country music scene. His involvement in country music spans from his current radio shows to television and the Academy of country music.
Parr has a passion and a long-term involvement with country music. He is heavily involved with the Academy of Country Music and hosted the Academy’s Bash in Irvine, California in 2006.
Shawn Parr is a Southern Californian native. He grew up in Norwalk, California and attended John Glenn High School, spending a lot of his youth in the “O.C.” (Orange County).
He began his career at local dance venues and launched into his current career by becoming the warm-up personality for the TV show “Hot Country Nights.” As the Announcer for the Academy of Country Music Awards, KZLA brought him on board at the helm of the KZLA Morning Show and later to the mid-day shift.
His career also includes acting with roles in such films as “Lucky You” and “Waist Deep.” Parr is also the voice of many awards shows such as the Golden Globes, the California Speedway, numerous commercials voice-overs, and the American Music Awards for the 16th year in a row.
Producer – Phillip B. Goldfine is a film, television and broadway producer. He won the Academy Award as executive producer in 2014 for best documentary (Short Subject) for the film The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life and the Emmy in 2011 for writing for a variety show for El Vacilon.
He began his career as a development and production executive at companies including FBC (Fox Broadcasting Corp), New Line Cinema and Trimark Pictures. Goldfine’s credits include an eclectic library of over 100 other motion pictures.
As a development executive he orchestrated such motion pictures as The Mask, and Jim Carrey’s first dramatic role, Doing Time on Maple Drive. As a producer he has worked with such stars as Wesley Snipes, Jack Black, Hilary Swank, Shirley MacLaine, Denise Richards, Mark Ruffalo and many others. Goldfine has produced films for all the major studios including MGM, Universal Studios, Paramount, Sony, Disney, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate Films.
Mr. Goldfine has also produced for many of the major networks and streaming sites including Netflix, A&E, CBS, Reelz Channel, National Geographic and the SyFy Channel.
This year Mr. Goldfine has The Hard Way premiering on Netflix March 5, 2019 and a Christmas film for Universal Studios. In addition, he debuts his first Broadway Play TOOTSIE THE MUSICAL which opens April 23, 2019 at the Marquis Theatre.
In his spare time Phil Goldfine’s latest endeavor is to break the world record in the 50 Meter Men’s Freestyle swimming event and become the only human being to have ever won an Oscar, an Emmy and a swimming world record.