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From the outside looking in, the inner circle of any organization can seem impenetrable. Yet people are pulling up their own chairs every day in boardrooms across the country. In her podcast Pull Up a Chair, Cicely Simpson shares a unique perspective won in a storied career earning seats at the table in the public and private sectors. Each episode of Pull Up a Chair is a testament to our capacity to tear down the barriers to success and optimize our lives. Cicely is sitting down with some of the greatest trailblazers from myriad industries, gaining insights into what it takes to achieve relevance, impact, and forge your own destiny in the modern world.

Are you ready to pull up a chair to the big table? Hear Cicely’s latest episodes below!

Episode 04 | Part Two : Coach Burt

Cicely wraps up her chat with entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, Micheal Burt. In part two, Coach Burt shares why he thinks everybody needs a coach, the importance of emotional resilience in children, and why he is inspired to build Greatness Factories around the world.

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Episode 04 | Part One : Coach Burt

The Business lexicon is littered with sports metaphors like “The Ball’s In Their Court”, “Full Court Press”, and “Slam Dunk.” But Cicely’s guest this week literally combines his experience as a basketball coach to help people take their careers to the next level. His name is Michael Burt. Coach Burt has been called “America’s Coach,”

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Episode 03 | Part Two : Ilene Rein

This week, Cicely welcomes Ilene Rein. Ilene runs an executive search firm focused on the placement of marketing, sales, and engineers and is the founder of Pounding Pavement 101, where she shares the deep secrets from the view of the Recruiter.  In part one, Ilene talks about the inspiration for creating Pounding Pavement 101, her

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Episode 03 | Part One : Ilene Rein

This week, Cicely welcomes Ilene Rein. Ilene runs an executive search firm focused on the placement of marketing, sales, and engineers and is the founder of Pounding Pavement 101, where she shares the deep secrets from the view of the Recruiter.  In part one, Ilene talks about the inspiration for creating Pounding Pavement 101, her

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Episode 02 | Part Two: Scotty Alpaugh

Cicely wraps up her conversation with Scotty Alpaugh, the author of the book “Have no fear, there’s always F-ing next year: (a COVID-19 tale)”. In part two, Scotty shares the importance of perspective, if he reads the reviews of his book on Amazon, and why everyone should watch Ted Lasso. Scotty Alpaugh: Scott “Scotty” Alpaugh

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Episode 02 | Part One: Scotty Alpaugh

Scotty Alpaugh pulls up a chair this week. Scotty works at one of the world’s largest wealth management companies, he served in the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division before being injured in combat in Baghdad, and he is a cancer survivor. He’s also the author of the book “Have no fear, there’s always F-ing next year:

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Episode 01 | Part Two: Sergeant Major Keith Craig

Cicely wraps up her conversation with Sergeant Major Keith Craig, the author of Serving To Lead. In part two, Sergeant Major talks about the benefits of adding veterans to corporate teams, the importance of knowing your purpose, and why service & leadership is represented by three words: Be Know Do. About Keith Craig: Sergeant Major Keith L. Craig

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Episode 01 | Part One: Sergeant Major Keith Craig

Cicely welcomes her first guest on the podcast, Sergeant Major Keith Craig. The Sergeant Major is a public speaker, entertainment executive, philanthropist, and U.S. Army Veteran. He’s also the author of Serving To Lead: Lessons in Adversity and Resilience from the Battlefield, Gridiron, and the Corporate World. In part one, Sergeant Major shares his journey from homelessness to

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