The Breakout – Unleashing Personal Growth

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By: Abbracci Group – Personal Growth Essentials

A #1 Self-Improvement podcast, The Breakout tells incredible stories of personal growth with the smart, hilarious thought leaders from Abbracci Group. Every day, in big and small ways, we put ourselves in boxes. From jobs to relationships, to entire belief systems, many of us are living by rules that someone else wrote for us. On The Breakout, talent specialists and the founders of Abbracci Group, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther, dive into the extraordinary stories of people overcoming self-doubt, pushing boundaries, and finding the courage and confidence to get what they want and achieve the success they were destined for. ...

How to Start Over and Ignore the Doubt (and the doubters): Dr. Cindy Starke on Finding Midlife Magic
#38
07/03/2024

“You don't have to let your past define you. You can change in a heartbeat”. Dr. Cindy Starke is a firm believer that it’s never too late to begin again. Cindy is a physician and geneticist, and at mid-life she made the bold decision to leave her full-time hospital position and top-end salary to found a coaching program dedicated to empowering women at that tricky second-half-of-life milestone.  

Despite huge pushback from her partner and a lot of fear and trepidation, Cindy made the leap. She tore down societal boundaries to reinvent her life, and now she helps h...


Casting Doubts: Unpacking the Electoral College System, with Maximina Juson, Director of One Person, One Vote?
#37
06/19/2024

“The electoral college is a real pain point for the electorate. They don’t understand it, and they don’t know why we have it in the first place…So that’s why I made this film.” That’s how Maximina Juson explains her motivation for making the extraordinary, and necessary, new documentary, One Person, One Vote? It's a film that takes a closer look at something that lots of Americans rarely question: the electoral college voting system.


If you’ve been listening to The Breakout for a while now, you’ll know that we love guests who...


Breaking out of the Cubicle: Rethinking Work and School for the Neurodivergent Community
#36
06/05/2024

“It's amazing that we have this tunnel vision around what success needs to look like, even though our society is filled with people who are wildly atypical.” Dr. Matt Zakreski is a dedicated clinical psychologist who's made it his mission to help harness the often overlooked abilities of the neurodivergent community – that’s anyone with a brain that works differently from the average or neurotypical person. 


Growing up as a gifted kid, Dr. Matt was neurodivergent himself. and saw firsthand how rigid practices in schools and workplaces can stifle the growth and talents of people in...


How To Save Lives: Flipping the Script on Addiction, with Sean Daniels
#35
05/22/2024

“When I was trying to get sober, I couldn't find anything that had a sense of humor, and so I guess I at some point was like, well, then I have to write the thing that I can't find”. Sean Daniels is the hilarious, warm, and honest writer behind the hugely successful play, The White Chip,  a comedy about addiction. Since its debut in 2019, The White Chip has had rave reviews, sold out shows in New York, and pulled in big producing partners like Hank Azaria, Jason Biggs, and John Larroquette. But the play is just one of Sean's proje...


Breaking up with Alcohol: Reframing Recovery with Sisters in Sobriety, Sonia Kahlon and Kathleen Killen
#34
05/08/2024

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and in this episode we're thrilled to shine a light on Sonia Kahlon and Kathleen Killen who host the fantastic podcast Sisters in Sobriety. We’re also talking about Everblume, an entirely unique alcohol recovery support community founded by Sonia. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. 


“I was functioning at such a high level. I'm not going to refer to myself as an alcoholic. There's a stigma to that word”. Sonia Kahlon is a recovery coach and for...


How to Speak Up: Assertiveness, Boundaries, and the Beauty of Anger, with Cara Tuttle
#33
04/24/2024

“Anger is telling us something. It's often telling us that something isn't right or that a boundary is being violated”. Cara Tuttle is a lawyer, consultant, and educator focused on addressing sexual assault and harassment in higher education, and she wants us to explore our anger as a key tool in assertiveness training.  After years of working on a university campus, Cara found that assertiveness was a major struggle for women of all ages, and that has a lot to do with how women have been raised, and how complicated anger can be for women in particular. As Cara expla...


Lifescaping: How to Dig Yourself Out of Entrepreneurial Trauma, with Monique Allen
#32
04/10/2024

 “One of the jokes I have in coaching is, the surefire way to kill passion is to build a business around it, or marry it”. Monique Allen will tell you that entrepreneurship is it’s own special kind of trauma, and it needs a special kind of business coaching. 

Monique is a professional gardener who has spent almost four decades in the industry. Over that time, running her own landscaping business she began to see a crucial need amongst her fellow creatives and trade-based entrepreneurs: they had started a business because they loved their work, and then suddenly...


Walking Away: How to Leave a Promising Career and Make Your Life Your Own (Camino stories part 2 of 2!), with Christine Job
#31
03/27/2024

“I was expecting to feel a certain way about the accomplishments. But it wasn't fulfilling, and I couldn't understand why.” Christine Job was a talented law student and the first Black female president of her class. From an early age, her family had expected her to go into law, but despite her achievements she was terribly unsatisfied. 

Christine’s early professional life was a series of fits and starts. Big opportunities kept leading to dead ends until one day she had a nagging feeling that would not go away. A friend had told Christine about the Camino de Sant...


Leaving Your Life: The Transformative Power of the Camino de Santiago (Camino stories part 1 of 2), with Writer and Entrepreneur, Kelli Field
#30
03/13/2024

One night, at the tail end of a vacation in Europe, Kelli Field suddenly hit a wall. “I just started crying and I just told my husband, I can't do it anymore”. After decades of working in a high earning, high stress career that took a huge toll on her health, she realized she couldn’t go back to work. Something deep inside her had finally said no. “My life had all the trappings of the American dream. Big house, expensive cars, long commute. I did everything I thought I was supposed to do to be happy…but it was like a...


Changing the Narrative: The Untold Her-story of Human Evolution, with Cat Bohannon, Bestselling Author of Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution
#29
02/28/2024

“There’s this really old, really crap story that how we got here is about what the guys did. And women were just like some side character behind a hill, just like pounding some tubers, saying, ‘Oh, sorry guys. I see you're busy. I'm just gonna build the future of our species in my actual body’.” That’s how the brilliant and hilarious Cat Bohannon introduces the idea behind her New York Times bestselling book, Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution. Ten years in the making, and making a huge splash internationally, the book is a fascina...