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Rise From The Shadows | S1E1: Blazing Your Own Trail
July 9, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E1: Blazing Your Own Trail

We often live with the weight of others’ expectations. We’re told who we should and shouldn’t be. It could be high academic standards placed on our shoulders by our parents or peer pressure from kids at a young age. We …

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E2: Live Within Your Suffering
July 23, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E2: Live Within Your Suffering

“Throughout life we experience suffering, but it doesn’t mean we have to stay in it.” Joshua Stewart is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and is currently an instructor at the Enlisted Profession...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E3: Emotional Knots and Going APE with Noble Gibbens
Aug. 6, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E3: Emotional Knots and Going APE with Nobl…

“When you name the emotion, you can tame the emotion.” Noble Gibbens is a former emotionally clueless West Point Army Ranger who’s now an emotional intelligence practitioner and corporate emotional intelligence coach. On this...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E4: Life Wounds Need Band-Aids Too with Angela Winner
Aug. 20, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E4: Life Wounds Need Band-Aids Too with Ang…

Angela Winner is a Noncommissioned Officer and Professional Military Instructor in the United States Air Force. She currently teaching at the Little Rock Airman Leadership School. On this episode, Angela opens up about three ...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E5: Weaponizing Adversity with Mike Roderick
Sept. 3, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E5: Weaponizing Adversity with Mike Roderick

Mike Roderick is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and the Commandant at the Whiteman Airman Leadership School. On this episode, Mike opens up about his troubled childhood. He discusses the abuse...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E6: Empowered People, Empower People with Sha Sparks
Sept. 17, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E6: Empowered People, Empower People with S…

Sha Sparks returns to the Shadows to discuss that voice inside our head. That voice can hurt us if we allow it to, but we need to realize that it can also empower us. On this episode, Sha talks about …

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E7: Attitude, Decisions, and Actions with W. Scott Greene
Oct. 2, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E7: Attitude, Decisions, and Actions with W…

Llama Lounge Takeover week continues as W. Scott Greene joins us on this episode of Rise From The Shadows! On this episode, Scott talks about an article he wrote a few years ago titled “Attitude, Decisions, and Actions”. Scot...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E8: Courage with Amy Wade
Oct. 15, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E8: Courage with Amy Wade

Amy Wade is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and the Commandant at the Langley Airman Leadership School. On this episode, Amy takes this time to reflect on uncomfortable situations that she was ...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E9: Vulnerability with George Linen Jr.
Oct. 30, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E9: Vulnerability with George Linen Jr.

George Linen Jr. aka “Fresh Linen” is a Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, Airman Leadership School Instructor at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and an accomplished spoken word artist, author, and Tedx spe...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E10: Character with Joe Bogdan
Nov. 11, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E10: Character with Joe Bogdan

Happy Veterans Day! On this special edition of Rise From The Shadows, we welcome a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and cofounder and creator of Llama Leadership and cohost of the Llama Lounge Pod...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E11: A Motherless Child with Scott Mason
Nov. 26, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E11: A Motherless Child with Scott Mason

On this Black Friday edition of Rise From The Shadows, we welcome Scott Mason back to the Shadows! During this episode, Scott tells the story of listening to Leroy Garvin playing the harp at his mother's church every fourth S...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E12: Season Finale with Jason Womack, Sejal Thakkar, and Jeff Reyes
Dec. 22, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E12: Season Finale with Jason Womack, Sejal…

What better way to wrap up season 1 of Rise From The Shadows and 2021 than with two-episodes packed with personal development? On this episode, Jason “JW” Womack (Leadership Development Course Instructor, Air University at Ma...

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Rise From The Shadows | S1E13: Season Finale with Mary Polanco, Demetrius Booth, and Kim Meckwood
Dec. 23, 2021

Rise From The Shadows | S1E13: Season Finale with Mary Polanco, Demet…

The finale episode of the Rise From The Shadows season one is now available! In this episode, we get things started with a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, Mary Polanco discussing how we all need...

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Rise From The Shadows: Behind The Mask with Clay Smeltzer & Nancy John
Aug. 8, 2022

Rise From The Shadows: Behind The Mask with Clay Smeltzer & Nancy John

We don’t just interact with other people’s masked versions of themselves. Most people have a select few that they allow to unmask them. Often, our biggest struggle isn’t understanding others, but it’s trying to figure out who...

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Rise From The Shadows: Behind the Mask with Briton Lee Hurdle & Tripp Bodenheimer
Aug. 15, 2022

Rise From The Shadows: Behind the Mask with Briton Lee Hurdle & Tripp…

Every day we interact with other people’s masked versions of themselves. Most people have a select few that they allow to unmask them. Often, our biggest struggle isn’t understanding others but it’s trying to figure out who w...

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