Inspire Conference: The Podcasts


Inspire: Leading Authorities' Day of Ideas was one of our team’s most exciting and ambitious events ever. Held at the Watergate Hotel here in Washington, DC, the day-long conference featured presentations from ten of our most inspiring speakers.

And, live on site, we recorded conversations with our talented presenters to feature on our podcast, Speaking Of. (Recordings at the Watergate—exciting, right?)

We’ve rounded up those discussions in this blog post for you to review. Listen now and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Podbean and to leave us a review.

Ben Saunders: Life On The Edge
Polar explorer Ben Saunders has traveled across Antarctica and the Arctic six times, and holds the record for the longest polar journey ever recorded on foot. He talks with Speaking Of about attempting things that have never been done before, what motivates him to walk across frigid landscapes alone, and how he navigates the unexpected at the edge of the world.

Listen as he discusses what it's like to spend days on end alone in the coldest, harshest place on Earth:

Matthew "Griff" Griffin: Walking The Walk
Matthew "Griff" Griffin is the co-founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops. A former Army Ranger, Griff felt lost and angry after returning home from four tours of duty. In this episode, Griff talks about how he rediscovered his life's mission and motivation by launching a purpose-driven business—and why he's come to believe that "the older you get, the more you are obligated to help the world."

Listen as he shares his story of overcoming loss and doubt to launch a million dollar business that's changing the lives of young women in Afghanistan:

Colonel Nicole Malachowski: "Why Not Me?"
Col. Nicole Malachowski is a 21-year-veteran of the US Air Force and the first ever female Thunderbird pilot. She talked with Speaking Of about how she dealt with the doubt, fear, and the pressure that came along with being “the first.”

Listen as she shares her advice for getting out of your comfort zone, thriving in a high-stakes environment, and forcing yourself to ask the question: “Why Not Me?”:

Kal Kallaugher: Cartoons Speak Louder Than Words
Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher has been the editorial cartoonist at the Economist for over 30 years. He sat down with our team to share the incredible story of his professional journey and discuss how he turns caricatures into art.

Listen as he talks about how he got into the art of cartooning, where his off-the-wall ideas come from, and how he views his responsibility to his readers:


Crystal Washington: Make Social Media Work For You
We talk to tech trends expert and social media guru Crystal Washington about how we relate to our devices, what new tools are out there now, and how to avoid the unhealthy aspects of leading hyper-digital lives. 

Listen as she explains her thoughts on social media and privacy, and even shares a few recommendations for apps and podcasts to download today:

Don't forget to check back as we continue to publish more podcasts from our interviews with the speakers at Inspire, and to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.


To get a better feel for what we covered at our Inspire conference, catch up on anything you may have missed, or learn more about the motivational speakers featured in our Inspire lineup:

  • Check out our favorite moments from the event, including presentation recaps and Q&A sessions from our other keynote speakers
  • Follow us on Twitter @LAISpeakers and see the inspiring tweets and photos that attendees shared from this event

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