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Season 2, Ep 5 – Cody Byrns



Cody Byrns, Author and Speaker

Do you celebrate lessons learned during the hard times? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren chat with bestselling author and speaker Cody Byrns about the impact that a horrific near fatal car crash had on his path. He shares the importance of mindset when facing long odds, appreciating small victories, and recognizing that you can’t change the past. Cody also emphasizes the healing power of empowering others and the similarities between physical and emotional scars.

Learn more about Cody: website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 


Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Tyler Lee Frush



BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with musician Tyler Lee Frush. Highlights include their discussion of  external and internal sources of motivational resources, the need for a dialogue on the best use of goal setting, and how much of what determines a musician’s success is beyond their control. They also discuss whether experiencing failure is more advantageous when it  occurs before or after experiencing some success.


Season 2, Ep 4 – Tyler Lee Frush



Tyler Lee Frush, Musician 

Do you define your success then go for it? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren chat with musician Tyler Lee Frush about his path navigating the music industry from idolizing Johnny Cash and Eddie Van Halen to releasing his own music. He shares the impact that feeling emotion from a song had on his songwriting, the difference between the goals of wanting to be a musician versus wanting to be famous, and giving the listener the opportunity to have their own meaning of a song. Tyler also discusses the importance of taking the gigs that no one else will do when getting started and the freedom that gives you to get over the early performance mistakes. 

Learn more about Tyler: Instagram


Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Elise Holtzman



BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Elise Holtzman, President, The Lawyer’s Edge. Highlights include their discussion about how pressure can be a matter of perspective, the emotionally driven nature of sections of the human brain, and where the feeling of belongingness originates. They also discuss the importance of focusing more on what you are doing than what others are doing, and continue their discussions on the importance of rest.


Season 2, Ep 2 – Elise Holtzman



Elise Holtzman, President, The Lawyer’s Edge

Have you found your sweet spot? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with Elise Holtzman, a former attorney, and now a coach and consultant for lawyers. Elise shares her path to becoming a lawyer and how becoming a parent of a child with special needs led to her becoming a coach. She discusses the impact of environment on one’s path, how impostor syndrome might be a common shared experience that doesn’t often get discussed, and that having a baby really shifted her experience with gender differences in the workplace. Elise shares how she’s learning to be a human being not just a human doing, that it’s okay for your life to be how you want it to be, and the value of self-acceptance. 

Learn more about Elise and The Lawyer’s Edge: LinkedIn, The Lawyer’s Edge


Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: The BlackSon



BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with The BlackSon, Hip Hop Artist and Director. Highlights include their discussion about the benefit of healthy conflict, being happy with the self we are, and the benefits of The BlackSon’s mantra of treating every day as day 1. They also discuss the power of framing techniques such as seeing what you have to gain versus what you have to lose.


Season 2, Ep 1 – The BlackSon



The BlackSon, Hip Hop Recording Artist, Artist, and Director

Do you treat every day as Day 1? In this episode,The BlackSon shares his path from poet to being a rising star in the national hip hop scene. He shares what the transition was like moving from poetry slams to the hip hop stage, his goal of activating all of our senses with his art, and working with legendary producers. He also shares the importance of constantly creating, channeling nervous energy for a great performance, and specifying where you want to be in 30 days. This episode is full of great advice for anyone looking to better themselves or break their goals into manageable parts.

Learn more about The BlackSon: LinkTree  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook 


Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Iris and Felicia Zimmermann



BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, US Olympic Fencers. Highlights include their discussion about the personalized needs of an activity serving to allow one to be seen or remain unseen, the need to customize lessons from others to one’s own needs, and the unpleasant components of all goal attainment pursuits. Kevin and Lauren also discuss the various interpretations of grit, the importance of self-compassion, and building confidence by how you have dealt with past adversity. 


Ep. 035 – Iris and Felicia Zimmermann



Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, US Olympic Fencers 

Is your success yours, or are you chasing someone else’s? In this episode, we speak with Iris Zimmerman and Felicia Zimmerman, sisters who grew up participating and competing in the sport of fencing including a chance to compete with each other at the Olympics. Following their transition out of the sport, they decided to take over and co-own the Rochester Fencing Club where they spent years training for excellence. They discuss their individual and collective paths and experiences as high performing athletes, the realities of being entrepreneurs and owning a business together, managing expectations, and their definitions of success. Iris, now a performance coach with Valor Performance, and Felicia, who splits her time between business consulting in Egypt and owning a business in New York, share many perspectives and takeaways useful for listeners pursuing excellence in sport, business, or any performance domain. 

Learn more about Iris and Felicia: Iris LinkedIn, Felicia Twitter, Valor Performance, Rochester Fencing Club


Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Abe Kamarck



BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Abe Kamarck, CEO and Founder of True Made Foods. Highlights include their discussion about the role of serendipity in success, capitalizing on opportunities when they are presented, and making sure that one really wants the outcome being pursued. Kevin and Lauren also discuss the difference between routine- versus adaptive- expertise,


Ep. 033 – Abe Kamarck



Abe Kamarck, CEO & Founder of True Made Foods

Do you get stuck on the emotional rollercoaster, too high with successes or too low with failures? In this episode Abe Kamarck shares his path from growing up on his family’s Italian cooking, to military officer, to founder and CEO of a successful startup company. He shares what he learned in flight school about preparing for the worst-case scenario, navigating the pressure of starting and growing a business, and how success is a moving target. This episode is full of great information for anyone pursuing their goals, from students to entrepreneurs. 

Learn more about Abe: Instagram, Twitter

Learn more about True Made Foods: Website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook


Ep. 032 – Lockwood Barr



Lockwood Barr, Country Music Recording Artist

Is pushing yourself outside your comfort zone a theme in your life? In this episode Lockwood Barr shares her path from her first writing sessions after arriving in Nashville to becoming a successful artist. She discusses consistently pushing out of her comfort zone, fighting impostor syndrome, her first CMA festival as a performer, and touring for a living. Lockwood also shares the importance of addressing mental health needs and her efforts to bring awareness to, and advocate  for,  suicide prevention. Her story is inspiring and reminds us not to be deterred by rejections along our path.

Learn more about Lockwood: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 


Ep. 029 – Jonathan Avalos (TPD Developing High Performers)



Jonathan Avalos, Founder of Athletic Golf Fitness 

Do you show people that you are invested in them? In this episode Kevin and Lauren speak with Jonathan Avalos about his path from using his background as an athlete to become a trainer to founding his own business specializing in physical fitness training for golfers. Listen to hear Jonathan’s advice on ignoring your thoughts telling you that you can’t do something, the importance of knowing the intent behind every movement, and how easy it is to fall into the trap of getting better at being average. He also shares the importance of leading when no one is watching and the important lesson he learned from his young sons about happiness.

Learn more about Jonathan: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Learn more about Athletic Golf Fitness: Facebook, Instagram


Ep. 025, Part 2 – Dr. David Eccles (TPD Science of High Performance Series)



Dr. David Eccles, Professor of Sport Psychology at Florida State University (Parts 1 & 2; Science of High Performance)

Do you have the patience to temporarily slow down enough in the midst of a high stakes situation to cultivate the best next move? Across two episodes we speak with Dr. Dave Eccles about his 20+ years of research on expert performance in a variety of domains. He describes research findings on how athletes plan ahead and simulate the competitive environment, his fascinating work on team coordination, and the impressive amounts of knowledge that orienteering athletes possess about navigating terrain. In Part 2, we get into his latest research exploring the role of rest in optimal performance, and discuss how not getting enough rest has been glamorized. This first installment of the Science of High Performance series is packed with useful tips for everyone.

Learn more about Dr. Eccles: Twitter


Ep. 025, Part 1 – Dr. David Eccles (TPD Science of High Performance Series)



Dr. David Eccles, Professor of Sport Psychology at Florida State University (Parts 1 & 2; Science of High Performance)

Do you have the patience to temporarily slow down enough in the midst of a high stakes situation to cultivate the best next move? Across two episodes we speak with Dr. Dave Eccles about his 20+ years of research on expert performance in a variety of domains. He describes research findings on how athletes plan ahead and simulate the competitive environment, his fascinating work on team coordination, and the impressive amounts of knowledge that orienteering athletes possess about navigating terrain. In Part 2, we get into his latest research exploring the role of rest in optimal performance, and discuss how not getting enough rest has been glamorized. This first installment of the Science of High Performance series is packed with useful tips for everyone.

Learn more about Dr. Eccles: Twitter


Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Joe Jacobi



BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist, Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach with the mic hot. Highlights include the idea of holding competing emotions (excited and nervous), being in the right place at the right time, and a discussion about the purpose of the pre-performance routine. Keep listening to The Path Distilled Podcast to catch future discussions about the pros and cons of goal setting.


Ep. 024 – Joe Jacobi



Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist, Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach

Do you focus on and remember more about your start lines or finish lines? In this episode, we speak with Lauren’s Valor Performance colleague, Joe Jacobi, about his sport career, as well as his experiences with leading a national governing body which led him to becoming a performance coach. Joe joins us from Catalonia, Spain, and shares his “outlier” story of getting involved in the sport, his case for a good routine, and how he and his doubles canoe partner implemented deliberate practice, simulation, and visualization leading up to the 1992 Games where they won the first American Gold Medal in whitewater canoe slalom. Joe also tells us about his philosophy on goals, what he views as the real difference maker in high performance, and how he thinks the river is an excellent analogy for life. Whether you are in sport, business, or any other performance domain, Joe shares many applicable stories, takeaways, practices, and lessons. 

Learn more about Joe: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

Learn more about Valor Performance: Website


Ep. 022 – Dr. Emily Pica



Dr. Emily Pica, Forensic Psychology Researcher and Advocate for Wrongfully Convicted

Would a major life detour derail you or would you defy expectations? In this episode, Dr. Emily Pica discusses her path from having a child at 14, to all of her initial PhD applications being rejected, to becoming a well known researcher and advocate. She also discusses her battles with impostor syndrome, the value of criticism, and how much she loves mentoring students. Her story will inspire students, budding researchers, and anyone who ever has been determined to persevere.

Learn more about Dr. Pica: Instagram


Ep 015 – Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin, Co-Author of “Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome,” Psychologist, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Author

Do you own your accomplishments or worry you will be exposed as an impostor? In this episode, Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin speaks with us about her own experiences with impostor syndrome, the factors that make impostor syndrome more likely, how common it is, and how finding your own voice will be messy. You will also want to listen to hear her advice on how to move toward owning your greatness as well as check out her TEDx talk and book. 

Learn more about Dr. Orbé-Austin: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Book, TEDx Talk


Ep. 12 – Bryce Tully & Mike Bawol (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



Bryce Tully, Mental Performance Coach for Canadian Olympic Teams, and Mike Bawol, Performance Analyst, Co-Founders Innerlogic

What differentiates those who succeed once versus those who are serial winners? In this episode of the TPD High Performers Series, we speak with Bryce Tully and Mike Bawol, who both work in Canada at the highest level of sport. Listen to our conversation with them as they share stories about their own paths and what they’ve learned about themselves and high performance along the way, explore team culture and the role it plays in performance, and discuss their new venture Innerlogic, a tool aimed at helping companies and organizations monitor and measure culture in real-time to predict performance and utilize the data to make impactful and intentional adjustments to drive success.

Learn more about our guests: Mike Twitter, Bryce Twitter

Learn more about Innerlogic: Twitter, Website


The Path Distilled Podcast, Ep 002 – Inga Stasiulionyte



Inga Stasiulionyte, Olympian & Founders Coach

What would you do if you got pulled out of math class and a man you never met before — turns out was a national team coach — said you were going to be a javelin thrower? Inga is a former NCAA Division I Track & Field athlete and Olympian representing Lithuania in the 2008 Games in Beijing. She leads a startup called Ofounders.com that specializes in mind coaching helping startup founders, teams, and professional athletes achieve superior results by using Olympic-standard mindset development techniques, is a Performance Coach for Valor Performance, and heads the MIT Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Inga’s episode is packed full of useful takeaways from her journey, including the mental shift that propelled her to a world record, what it was like to have to compete in a duel for the last spot on her Olympic team, and how she defines high performance.

Learn more about Inga:  Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram