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
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
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
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
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
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
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