John O’Leary is a #1 national bestselling author, speaker and podcast host. Expected to die at the age of nine, John now teaches others how to truly live by telling their stories and embracing who their are as individuals. On this episode, John shares his story of being burned as a boy and the inspiration he received to live from the legendary voice of St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck. John talks about his new book, In Awe, as well as his first book, On Fire, and the impact he chooses to make for himself, his family, his community, and all those he is blessed to encounter. John's vulnerability, motivation, passion, and life lessons for our students during this show will resonate with young people and adults alike.
Ladue alum Shardé Sargeant is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and filmmaker. Shardé worked her way up from answering phones at ABC News, to working as an Associate Producer, ending up as the Developing Producer for Robin Roberts, co-host of the top-rated Good Morning America show. On this episode, Shardé takes us through her journey and the lessons she learned every step of the way, including the importance of writing and that, "someone is always watching, so act with urgency," she said. Shardé also told the story of the segment she produced when Kobe Bryant announced his retirement from the NBA and using the philosophy of "logistics, creative, and execution" to pull off an amazing interview between Robin and Kobe. Shardé shared stories she produced of the Obamas visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the story of a "hidden figure" at the US Navy, which is truly an emotional segment, and prompted action from others. Shardé offered so many media lessons, such as enthusiastically pitching stories, as well as life lessons, such as networking, which any aspiring journalist or filmmaker will want to hear.