Choose Your Reader: Fueling Literacy, Language Acquisition and Meaningful Relationships

January 15, 2020
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Mike Coles loved reading stories to his young son, but his frequent travel schedule and subsequent divorce introduced a dilemma that inspired a creative solution to maintain the cherished tradition. Turning to technology, what began as a way to record himself reading stories to his son to hear in his absence, would ultimately become a new product that teaches children to read and speak various languages while also strengthening families across generations. In this episode, Mike shares how his love and desire to remain connected to his son ultimately took him on the quest to building a mobile application which also allows him to realize a powerful and personally meaningful vision that betters the world.

Working on Purpose

Working on Purpose

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WORK. For some, its utter lack of enjoyment or meaning hurls them into existential crisis, while for others being on the job allows the highest level of fulfillment and even provides a life purpose. We spend a full third of our lives either preparing for work via school or actually being in the workforce. Why not look for ways to live with passion and work on purpose to maximize the meaning, fulfillment, and performance contribution associated with it? This show explores a wide array of topics that impact and shape the experience of being in today’s workforce, with the aim of creating meaningful work-life integration. Anyone looking for guidance, inspiration, and examples on how to get unstuck at work or move to a higher level of meaning or contribution will enjoy tuning in. We’ll engage in enlightening conversation with thought leaders, authors, and experts from various fields from around the world. Working on Purpose airs weekly on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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Episode Directory

January 2020

  • 1/29/2020: A Dream Reclaimed by a Transformed Life Coming Soon
  • 1/22/2020: Stuck in your Career? Consider a Start-Up! Coming Soon
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