Next Steps Forward

Chris Meek

Personal empowerment, commitment to our own well-being and the motivation to achieve more than we ever thought possible are the ingredients of a better life. And, they’re all within our reach. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek delves into each aspect of the three keys that add energy, excitement, direction and purpose to everything that we do. Each week, Chris hosts leaders from the worlds of business, sports, entertainment, medicine, politics and public policy as they engage in thought-provoking discussions to help us all take the next step forward on our own journeys to our better selves and greater service to others. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek is an informative, uplifting hour every Tuesday at 1 PM Eastern Time and 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel that’s certain to inspire you to take that important next step forward, too.
From Survivor to Thriver w/ Erik DaRosa & Marc FernandesEncore Tackling the Big Issues with Jon RunyanHope For the Future w/ Rasha AlqahtaniFrom Mental Hellness to Mental Wellness w/ David Woods BartleyFinding Unicorns w/ Michael GierKicking the Stigma w/ Steve Campbell and Ashley PowellHealing the Brain w/ Jerri Sher and Sebastian "Sebby" RaspantiLessons in Etiquette w/ Duchess of Decorum Pattie EhsaeiStep Up & Move Forward w/ Jotham Busfield & Jon CunhaBecoming Beauty Brave w/ Maria McCoolTrans Right: Living With Dignity w/ Michelle RogersPoints of Passion w/ Dimitra ManisTURNAROUND: How to Change Course w/ Lisa Gable
Lisa Gable, who has served as the CEO of several organizations, former Presidential appointee, US Ambassador, UN Delegate and advisor to fortune 500 companies, speaks with Next Steps Forward host Chris Meek about how she has been recognized worldwide as a turnaround mastermind through her work orchestrating and executing successful turnarounds of well-known private and public organizations of all industries. On October 15, 2021 Lisa’s book “TURNAROUND - How to Change Course When Things Are Going South” will be available for the first time and highlights her powerful method for rejuvenating and elevating ventures that have gone stale or find themselves in trouble. Her method, though simple, includes the effective steps of visualizing the future, breaking down the present and executing with confidence and diplomacy - all steps that she will expand on for the audience during her discussion. Not only will Lisa discuss the organizations she has previously helped turnaround, but she will also speak to the power of mentorships. Having been fortunate enough to have had life-changing and impactful mentors throughout the course of her career, she will speak to how she now positions herself as a mentor in order to help foster the next generation of thought leaders. She is a believer that ultimately as we build relationships, we start to grow with the people that we have cultivated relationships with. Additionally, having carried out meaningful work to uplift women in Afghanistan through some of her various positions, Lisa will weigh in on the timely and important topic of Afghan women in regards to the U.S.’s recent withdrawal from the nation. Lisa and others sought to take women from living in what she describes as essentially the middle ages and help them make tremendous progress by elevating their participation in free enterprise. The audience will find her not only to be a powerful voice on the unfolding situation abroad but will take many of her lessons on business and relationships and be able to apply them to their own lives in a consequential way.
Aug 31 2021
1 hr
A Conversation on Afghanistan and Mental Health
Next Steps Forward host Chris Meek was at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. He was one of the fortunate ones able to survive the carnage of that day. He walked out of the city with the mass of humanity that had no way home except to help each other take their next steps forward. Surviving one of the most horrific days in American history, Chris made the commitment to give back to those who risk their lives on behalf of fellow Americans. As men and women left to fight the war abroad and returned home with both physical and mental wounds, Chris immediately understood the importance of providing meaningful and innovative medical technologies to those wounded veterans. Thus, SoldierStrong was born, a nonprofit organization committed to helping veterans take their own next steps forward. Now, 20 years later, the rapidly unfolding events as the U.S. military leaves Afghanistan have affected us all, especially the brave heroes who served in that country in defense of democracy. In order to better understand the profound mental health impact that the situation abroad is currently having on post-9/11 veterans, Chris invites you to join him as he sits down with Ret. Army Reserve Sgt. Dan Rose, Ret. Army Cpt. Meaghan Mobbs, Marine Sgt. Chris Merkle and Dr. Albert Skip Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, to discuss the mental health effects stemming from Afghanistan's downfall, their viewpoints on the withdrawal and what can be done to support those who may be hurting.
Aug 24 2021
1 hr
Practicing Gratitude in Life w/ Mikey Nawrocki and Jason LaChanceUltimate Redemption: Brownsville Incident of 1906 w/ Janet Baker
Janet Baker is an Assistant General Counsel at S&P Global Inc. and certified Information Privacy Professional for both Europe and the United States. But she is also a woman that wears many hats, one of which gives her profound ability as a storyteller, especially in her re-telling of the very true and very heart-wrenching story of the Brownsville Texas Incident of 1906. For those in the audience who may not know, 167 Black soldiers were accused, without trial or due process, of shooting up the town of Brownsville and were subsequently discharged from the 25th Infantry without honor by President Theodore Roosevelt. Baker will recount to program host Chris Meek her father’s lifelong connection to the incident. Lt. Col. William Baker first witnessed the death of a Brownsville soldier as a young boy, then went on to serve on an assignment to investigate the Brownsville incident through his work at the Pentagon, finally leading him to spend several decades researching the incident for his book “The Brownsville Incident of 1906: The True and Tragic Story of a Black Battalion’s Wrongful Disgrace and Ultimate Redemption,” which lays out evidence for the Brownsville soldier’s innocence. The book can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Brownsville-Texas-Incident-1906-Battalions/dp/1943267715. Janet Baker’s re-telling of the Brownsville Incident and her father’s lifelong connection to the particular moment in history is a reminder of the power that can be found in storytelling, as well as a reminder that life can often be cyclical and how many of us are called to our true purpose over and over again if we are open and willing. Above all else, audience members will be inspired to always do the right thing even if it is difficult, especially when it means proving innocence and fighting on behalf of the honor and memory of others.
Aug 10 2021
1 hr
Encore One Reason to Live w/ Former NFL Player Charles HaleyEncore: Life Lessons from FOX News Channel Anchor Dana PerinoInnovative Solutions to Unite w/ Sylvie Légère RickettsBreaking the Mental Health Stigma w/ Tim McCarthy