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Josie and The Podcast: Season 2 in Review

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This spring has been a whirlwind of conferences, blog posts, and episodes of Josie and the Podcast. Now that I have a minute to catch my breath, I wanted to share a little bit more about the latest season of Josie and the Podcast. To all my pod-cats, thank you all for joining me on the amazing journey that was season 2 of Josie and the Podcast. There’s nothing quite like getting to connect with so many amazing guests and starting conversations that go beyond just the podcast episode.
One fabulous thing that happened the second half of season two this season was joining the ConnectEDU podcast network. ConnectEDU is bringing together brilliant minds in the higher ed space and breaking down silos. I may be a little biased, but the network is full of great shows, as well as resources for first time and long-time podcasters. You can find us on Twitter @ConnectEDUpod and our Facebook group.
My goal for the podcast is to connect technology and leadership in higher education at all levels, from undergraduate students to university presidents. My guests during the second half of season two definitely delivered! You don’t just have to take my word for it though; instead, I want to share some of my favorite words of wisdom from each episode.

Dr. Walter KimbroughWalter M. Kimbrough // The Hip Hop Prez, Tweeting Presidential

“We have to have truth tellers in every society… there will always be scared people and there will always be truth tellers. I’m not scared.”

Dr. Karen Freberg

Dr. Karen Freberg  // This Social Media Professor Running on Coffee

“People can steal your ideas but they can’t steal your brain.”

Vernon A. WallVernon A. Wall // Social Justice is More Than Sound Bites

“No one truth is more important than another truth.”

Mallie Rust // Students Want Authenticity Over Ads on Social Media

“There’s value in humility, but be confident. You’re worth it.”

Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O’Connell // Telling Your Story and Finding Your Niche

“If you feel any instinct like you should be saying something or doing something or putting
out content, do it now.”

Ed Cabellon

Ed Cabellon // The Evolution of Tech in Student Affairs

“It’s not really about the tech, it’s about navigating the politics behind the tech.”

Luoluo Hong

Luoluo Hong // Putting Wheels Under Your Values

“Whenever there’s a speaking of truth to power and a calling out of injustice and oppression, then those who are perhaps going to have to reexamine or shift in response to that will often times either be defensive or resist the rebalancing and recalibrating of efforts towards greater equity.”

Sabrina Cruz HeadshotSabrina Cruz // Growing Up Online

“In a day where it’s so easy to view your self-esteem through numbers and analytics, it’s important to let people who are small and with fraigle self-esteems that there’s more to the social internet than just numbers.”

Melissa Woo // Social Higher Ed CIO

“You’re not fixing the root cause of problems by putting a technology band-aid on anything.”

Liz Gross HeadshotLiz Gross // Educator meets Intrepreneur to Ignite Social Listening

“If you can somehow add value to a conversation or help a person, it’s worth reaching out and replying (on social media).”

Terrell Strayhorn // The #DoGoodWork Professor, Public Speaker & Provocateur

“What the individual gains from the group, the group also gains from the individual.”

Kirk and Noel Schulz // The First Family of WSU and Higher Ed Social Media

Kirk: “Take some time where you’re not under the intense pressure to be ‘on’ all the time.”

Noel: “I think it’s important for people to see that you don’t just have a professional life, but that you have a personal life too.”

Pretty incredible stuff, right? I want to take a second and thank each and every one of my guests for taking the time to share their insights and perspectives with me and all of my listeners. I have so much fun talking with them, but most importantly, I’ve learned so much from them and I hope you have too.
Of course, I can’t forget to thank my phenomenal sponsor Campus Sonar. Campus Sonar is a specialized social listening agency that empowers colleges and universities to find and analyze conversations that matter, seize engagement opportunities, and develop data-informed strategies. Working with them has been nothing short of wonderful, and I hope all of you check them out!
Be sure to check out any episodes you might have missed and keep your eyes peeled for some podcast surprises this spring! Stay tuned for all of the latest Josie and the Podcast episodes, interview announcements and all things kitten gif and emojis on twitter @JosieATPodcast, sign-up for to my monthly email newsletter, and, of course, subscribe to the podcast at your favorite streaming location: iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play, & Spotify!

… and don’t worry about waiting too long for season three. I have some special bonus episodes are already brewing!

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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