Break Away Podcast

BREAK AWAY

The Break Away podcast offers a fresh way to engage and connect with the greater Michigan leadership community—a chance to “break away” from the new norms of our daily routines.

Presented by the Michigan Leadership Collaborative, our podcast offers an anthology that magnifies and reinforces the challenges that leaders face today in developing healthy habits that fuel the mind and body. Each of the episodes will focus on various aspects of leadership from a diverse set of voices and perspectives while fostering both a sound mind and body.

We encourage you to use the time to run, walk, roll, or get active while you listen.

Be sure to check out the episode resources for processing questions and more information.

Special thanks to: All of our guests, sponsoring units and listeners. 

Narration and Editing: James McRae, Senior Associate Director, Student Engagement Alumni Association

New episodes are posted on Thursdays—listen below or on 

Season 2:

season 2 episode 5

How do we overcome stigmas and focus on self-care as leaders?

During this virtual event, we heard from alumni panelists Paul Viera, ’81 and Ryan Mundy, ‘07, as well as  Vice President of Student Life at U-M, Dr. Martino Harmon as they talk about overcoming stigmas of mental health for men of color and how to prioritize your own self care and create balance during a difficult time Listen Now

season 2 episode 4

How do you incorporate mindfulness and cultivate interconnectedness in your everyday life?

Doreen and Ram talk about the core principles of mindfulness and how these can be incorporated into your everyday life, work, and relationships to cultivate interconnectedness. Make sure to listen to the end to hear them talk about the importance of being kind to yourself and your imperfections and how that will lead to greater compassion towards others and begin to cultivate a dignity culture around us… Listen Now

Season 2 Episode 3

What does it mean to include DEI in your leadership?

Former Rackham Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion participants Dr. Kristal McGreggor, Dr. Steven Karamihas, and Charlie Groen join Academic Program Specialist Askari Rushing in a conversation around DEI and leadership. Join us in a conversation about the challenges and wins of participating in DEI efforts and how to take care of yourself while engaging in emotionally taxing work… Listen Now

Season 2 Episode 2

How do you become a more understanding, effective, and meaningful leader?

In this episode of Break Away, students Emily Welch, Tejal Patel, and Soumya Kulkarni explore the importance of service leadership in the wider context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each plays a vital role in their respective service organizations. They share lessons, stories, and techniques on how to build a better team and to be a more understanding and effective leader Listen Now

Season 2 Episode 1

How do you find meaning in life through the guidance of purpose?

On this episode of “Break Away”, Jacque Young, a senior on the University of Michigan’s women’s golf team, interviews Vic Strecher, a visionary leader and expert in the fields of behavior change, digital communication, and wellbeing. The two explore how to find one’s own purpose and how to find meaning in life through the guidance of purpose… Listen Now

Season 1:

Episode 5: How do you create a championship culture through leading yourself? Part 2

How do you create a championship culture through leading yourself?

In part two of this two-part episode from the Athletics Leadership Development Team, hear from Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jennifer Klein and two student-athletes Jacque Young of the Women’s Golf team and Adam Wooten of the Men’s Gymnastics team… Listen Now

Episode 5: How do you create a championship culture through leading yourself?

How do you create a championship culture through leading yourself?

In part one of this two-part episode from the Athletics Leadership Development Team, hear from Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jennifer Klein and two student-athletes Jacque Young of the Women’s Golf team and Adam Wooten of the Men’s Gymnastics team… Listen Now
Episode 4 How do you prioritize your own mental health as a leader?

How do your prioritize your own mental health as a leader?

Undergraduate Abby Richburg, and Ed Huebner Assistant Director at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) joins Steve Bodei, Associate Director of M-LEAD to talk about mental health and leadership in our current environment.… Listen Now
Episode 3 What is inspiration?

What is inspiration?

What is inspiration? How does it help us act with courage and compassion in the face of great obstacles? Barger Leadership Institute Director and Professor of Psychology Dr. Ram Mahalingam speaks on inspiration and its relevance for mindful leadership… Listen Now

Episode 2 How can you become a more inclusive leader?

How can you become a more inclusive leader?

Dr. Robin Brewer, Assistant Professor of Information joins Devon Keen, Director of Inclusion, Equity and Outreach at the School of Information for a conversation around leadership and accessibility… Listen Now

Episode One Where does your leadership journey begin?

Where does your leadership journey begin?

The Sanger Leadership Center will introduce a 5-step framework to achieve your goals that will lead you to further growth and development as a leader. Leadership is a skill anyone can learn and every single day, … Listen Now

Podcast Introduction

Why should you Break Away? (Trailer)

We hope that you turn that question into one for yourself. Why should I break away. Perhaps its to learn something new, hear a different perspective, be outside, take a break from the screen… Listen Now

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