As a 5 foot 7 inch, former walk-on college football player turned professional athlete, Richie Contartesi has been defying expectations his entire life. He's the author of a bestselling book about his life called: "In Spite of the Odds," a successful business leader and keynote motivational speaker. In this episode, Contartesi shares his passion for overcoming fear in the pursuit of his dreams. Later, Elli and Josh reflect on Contartesi's advice on becoming Character Strong.
Richie Contartesi can be found on social media: Twitter or Instagram
As a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate, John "Push" Gaines has gone on to become an inspiring speaker, doctoral candidate, and champion of students all over the country. In this episode, Gaines explores the power of LOVE, LEADERSHIP, AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT in his quest to "Push" past obstacles to find purpose. Later, Brielle and Josh reflect on Gaines' life lessons and their applications to
Wildcat Nation and beyond.
John Push Gaines on Social Media: @PushGaines Twitter Instagram
Motivational speaker, author, and community activist, Nathan Ogden shares his inspiring story about becoming twice paralyzed and learning to live an "Unfrozen" life. Armed with a “WE BELIEVE” attitude Ogden takes listeners through his path of forgiveness, hope, and purpose...while exploring the depths of his character. Additionally, Ogden talks about how his charity: "Chair the Hope" provides joyful meaning while serving others. Later, Wildcat Nation students explore their thoughts and feelings about Ogden's wisdom.
Officer Letourneau, from the West Richland Police Department talks with Wildcat Nation students about the connection between Relationships and School Safety. Along the way, he explains the importance of Character in establishing and maintaining relationships. Additionally, Letourneau shares how AwardWinningCulture creates meaningful partnerships with community members (i.e law enforcement). Lastly, students reflect on big picture takeaways from their time with Letourneau.
A student-led interview with Andrew Epperson, Vice President and CMO of Motivating Systems and PBIS Rewards. Andrew takes us behind the scenes to understand the ins and outs of a Virtual Economy. Along the way, he shares stories and secrets of his success as a leader in creating an incredible educational program.
Enterprise MiddleSchool received the 2018 ASCD Whole Child Award in Washington, for its award winning culture and the 2018 Global "Class Act Award" for Kindness. By creating a culture of kindness, service, and empathy we've taken student leadership to an epic level. We invite you to join in this student-led journey where we explore Character, Excellence, and Community with some of the best leadership minds. We'll be sharing interviews with authors, educators, experts, and even other leadership students around the country. Whether you're an educator, student, parent or just passionate about culture and leadership, we invite you into this unique platform focused on raising education to incredible heights.