Surviving and Thriving After Near Death by Electrocution - Brandon Cumby's Story
February 3, 2016
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD
There are distinct moments when life serves up seemingly impossible challenges, predicaments that should completely break us, almost as if to see just what we’re made of. Fresh off a divorce, in career transition, lacking health insurance, and living with a friend in a small apartment, Brandon Cumby was already in a tender place when he received the perfect-storm sucker punch of electrocution and was not expected to survive. Miraculously, with the incredible support of family and friends and his indomitable spirit, Brandon emerged with a new lease on life. He is sharing his story in the hopes doing so will encourage others to dig deep into themselves to go for their own dreams as he is his own. Not only has he recaptured his own health after his devastating accident in 2012, he has since run four marathons and two 50K races. His story is a testament to the human spirit and how living an intentional and purposeful life can be born of tragedy.
Working on Purpose
Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel
WORK. For some, its utter lack of perceived significance 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 maximize the meaning, positive sentiment, and performance contribution associated with it? This show explores the journey and experiences of how various people navigate their careers toward 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 hear from everyday people telling their work-life stories and from other authors who have contributed their understanding to the topic of work, careers, and work-life integration. Working on Purpose airs live Wednesdays at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.
Alise Cortez, PhD
Dr. Alise Cortez is a Speaker and Development and Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. Having developed her career within the Human Capital industry over the last 16 years, today she is focused on coaching individuals from ages 9 to 90 to celebrate who they are and ultimately navigate toward meaningful work-life integration. She also consults with organizations and conducts workshops to increase employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention.
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. Today, she is further developing her “modes of engagement” concept having conducted interview-based research with professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries and is now writing a book about her findings.
Alise is also a college Professor of Psychology and a Gallup-certified Strengths coach. She has lived in Spain and Brazil, traveled extensively across Western Europe, South America, and parts of India, and has some language ability in Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a wife, a mother to a 12-year old daughter, and has served in various community service leadership roles in East Dallas. All these aspects inform Alise’s identity and how she seeks to integrate the work she does within her overall life.