A series of conversations spanning helping professions, spiritual traditions and community encouragers who believe that knowing your gifts, and giving them, is an essential part of living a full life and creating healthy communities.
Kate McDermott is the creator of Art of the Pie. She champions the time-honored craft of artisan pie making, having taught thousands to make homemade pie in her popular and sold-out workshops. Using her Core Gift of helping to guide others, she compares the rules of pie making to the rules of life, blending the wisdom of her life-lessons with the art of pie making. She has been known as the piechiatrist! Find out more here.
Joana Arcangel is a mother, writer, and disability rights advocate. She moved from the Philippines to the United States at the age of eight and is a trauma survivor. She is a powerful example of a person who, one step at a time, has turned her story of difficulty into a wise and encouraging recipe for serving others. Find out more here.
Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified brainspotting practitioner, consultant, and specialty trainer. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and addictions with an emphasis on difficult to engage populations such as emergency responders, military personnel, foster and adoption youth, and those struggling with addictions. Find out more here.
Michelle's work centers around the concept of “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on an understanding of organizations as dynamic living systems. Find out more here.
Uzma is a Muslim coach with her eye on gifts, quantum physics, spirituality, and women changemakers. Find out more here.
Father David Mayovsky
David Mayovsky is a Roman Catholic priest based on Vashon Island. Helping people to find and use their gifts is a central to his work. Find out more here.
Your first draft is not your first draft! Jacq Burns has a gift for helping writers say what they really want to say. Find out more here.
What do you see when you look at yourself? Kathryn Chapman guides people, through portraiture, to new awareness and acceptance. Find out more here.
Katie Elliott has a Core Gift for helping others to know their Core Gift. But that’s just the beginning of her many abilities. Find out more here.
Alex Banfield, the Stone Man, talks about his decision to pursue stonework and where it’s taken him, both inside himself and outside in the world. Find out more here.
How do Core Gifts, climate crisis, leadership, soul, and white supremacy intersect? Rachel Taylor, co-founder of Joyality, describes these connections and more. Find out more here.
Bailey Smith is the kickoff podcast in our new series in Why Gifts Matter, called “In My Daily Life”, which focuses on the small and large ways gifts influence us as we go through our day. Find out more here.
Mark Ragins and Wendy Carpenter
On Explosions and Blankets: A conversation between innovators Mark Ragins, Campus Psychiatrist in the California State College system and Wendy Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Penny Lane Centers. Both of them are from the Los Angeles area. Find out more here.
Michelle Murphy talks about the switch from doing what you are “good at” to paying attention to deeper definitions of who you are. Find out more here.
Michael MacKenzie, a maestro of seeing gifts in others, takes us on a storytelling journey of gift giving possibilities he’s helped people discover through his work at Montage Support Services in Toronto. Find out more here.
Dan Kaufman supports individuals and organizations to thrive by starting from a place of authentic conversation that can move people to courageous action. Find out more here.
Monica Adair, Founding Partner of Acre Architects, talks about their work of Storied Architecture, why both incremental steps and large vision matter in design, and how the gifts of their employees are essential for bringing to life the future stories their clients discover and want to live into. Find out more here.
Nicky Wilks from Journeymen talks about their work developing nature, school, and community based programs for young people to discover, claim, and live into their genuine identity. Find out more here.
Dr Trish Quinlivan
Trish Quinlivan helps people tap into their intuitive power to find learning in experiences of trauma and adversity, affirm the gifts of their existence and practice more conscious, connected ways of being. Find out more here.
Mary Mojica and Jessica Alvarez
Mary Mojica and Jessica Alvarez talk about the power of gifts in their mental health recovery and peer support work in Los Angeles. Find out more here.
John McKnight and Peter Block
John McKnight and Peter Block talk about the power of gifts and the courage it takes to break out of a deficiency way of seeing. Find out more here.
Debbie Everley explores the power of gifts to heal and restore faith between community members. Find out more here.
Rozanne Miller explores gifts in her healing work with veterans and others. Find out more here.
Jeff Mills, Community Organizer from Canada, talks about gift abundance in neighborhoods. Find out more here.
Mariel Amador, on a fast track in a Fortune 500 company, changes direction based on her gifts. Find out more here.