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Emerging trends. Multiplying platforms. Constant connection. The continued push to be authentic online.

For higher education leaders, digital leadership can feel like it calls for all of these things, and so much more. Where will it all fit?

I’m here to help you manage it all.

A heartful and humane world can and does exist on social media, and I’ve developed this podcast to showcase leaders and community builders who inform, inspire, and help you innovate on these platforms we think we know so well.

My goal is to share conversations that encourage you, empower you, and entertain you to rethink your online presence.

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This is 43 — Josie’s Version.

From life and career changes and living out our shared humanity to advances in tech and research on a new generation, it’s been so great to connect with all of you during season 6!
Join me for the season finale as we do a bit of reflection, and I answer some listener questions.

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Being a Traveler Not a Tourist with Jill Creighton

If you ask Dr. Jill Creighton where her favorite place in the world is, she’ll tell you it’s the place she hasn’t been to yet.

A world traveler with a passion for education, Jill leads global engagement for higher education. In this episode, she chats about her travel philosophy, study abroad observations, and her podcast —sharing the stories behind student affairs programs.

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Little Giants: The Big World of Gen Alpha

Meet Gen Alpha: the tech-savvy kids born between 2010 & 2025! In this episode, we explore their unique perspective on higher ed with researchers, parents — AJ Lopez, Meghan Grace, and Amber Williams, and even a Gen Alpha herself — Ava Christopher.

This is a must-listen for colleges and universities wondering how to begin exploring this new generation.

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Protecting Your Light with Dr. Mike Muñoz

In a conversation focused on mindful leadership, Dr. Mike Muñoz, President of Long Beach City College, emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive campus environment. Dr. Muñoz discusses innovative initiatives like “Paletas with the President” and his commitment to addressing the needs of diverse student groups. He also highlights the power of social media for fostering connection and leading with empathy and authenticity.

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Josie and the Podcast: In My AI Era

In My AI Era

In this episode, I’ll cover the importance of staying updated with changing AI trends, discuss possible concerns and benefits of integrating AI in higher ed, provide practical and effective steps for experimenting with AI, and recommend several resources for learning more about AI in higher education.

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Leading With Hard Work and Heart Work with Shea Kidd Brown

My guest today has mastered the art and science of being her whole self online. Whether she is weaving the values her grandmother taught her into presentations or sharing the intimacies of her adoption journey on social media, Dr. Shea Kidd Brown consistently stays true to her commitment to sharing both her personal and professional journeys openly and genuinely.

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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.

Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership speaker, consultant and coach. 

She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals and company executives how to humanize tech and prioritize building online community over traditional marketing methods. She also serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University, creating curriculum to build digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates up to doctorate level students. She is extensively published and maintains an active blog (www.josieahlquist.com) and podcast (Josie & The Podcast) which have received accolades from EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"It's not about platforms. It's about  people."

-Dr. Josie Ahlquist, in Digital Leadership in Higher Education

She received her doctorate from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University and majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University. She graduated in 1999 from Newcaslte High School, serving as both the student body president her senior year and vice president her junior year. Josie resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Lloyd Ahlquist and their three rescue-fur babies.

Podcast Reviews

Josie is one of those women I can listen to and find honesty. I work in higher education and produce a podcast myself on women of color in the academy. I know the journey and what it takes to do all of what she is doing. I appreciate her saying she had to take a break. I also appreciate the content she provides us with. It is truthful and informative keep up the great work. Take your time, sis
Dr. Pat
A natural podcast host
They say that podcasting is an intimate medium, but that's highly dependent on the podcast host. With JATP, I really feel as though I'm sitting in the room with Josie. Josie brings incredible guests to her show, and she tackles timely, interesting topics, but more than anything, she brings you along on a journey with her as she records each episode. Whether she's introducing you to a guest or topic, or wrapping up an episode, it's hard not to feel like you know Josie, even if you've only met her through your ear buds.
If you are interested in digital leadership, listen to this.
Josie is a natural, exudes positivity, and is often one of the highlights of my day. Listening to her is like listening to your super supportive big sister.
Entertainment Meets Education
This is a wonderful podcast that bridges entertainment, expertise, and education. I find myself laughing and learning all at the same time. Josie does a fantastic job of engaging a variety of education adminstrators that provide diverse perspectives and tangible insights.
Great insight
Josie knows her stuff in regards to both higher ed and digital media. Plus, she brings on interesting guests and gets them to really open up.

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Assistant Vice President, University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Rebekah Tilley is the assistant vice president of communication and marketing for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA). In that role she supports fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the university, including its CASE Gold winning Iowa Magazine, and serves UICA in a variety of strategic communication efforts.

Previously she was the director of strategic communication for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and the director of communication for the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a Kentucky native and a proud alum of the University of Kentucky.

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