Take a Seat is a podcast about flourishing. It’s about the art of thriving, the science and practice of well-being, and people who are “crushing it.” Flourishing expert Dr. Nick Holton explores topics ranging from self-actualization, friendships, and transcendence, to optimal functioning, magnifying collective potential, and creating a better humanity. Guests include experts on the cutting edge of what it takes to help individuals and communities thrive. The podcast is produced by The Shipley School, a PreK-Grade 12 day school rethinking education and what we need to build a better world.

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  • Episode 01 - Inspiration, Not Evaluation with Scott Barry Kaufman

    In this episode, we dig into some of the science behind intelligence, IQ, and peak potential, and explore Dr. Kaufman's ideas around self-actualization and the sailboat of human needs.
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  • Episode 02 - The Science of Friendship with Lydia Denworth '84

    About the Episode: Our conversation with Lydia Denworth touched on new findings from neuroscience that show us the impact that relationships have on us, even down to the genetic level.
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  • Episode 03 - Strategies for a Fulfilling Life with Kristin Gustafson Weber ’90

    In this episode, we spoke with Kristin Gustafson Weber '90 about building a fulfilling life, tapping into her role as business owner, mom, and world-class athlete.
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  • Episode 04 - Courage, Grace, and Win-Win Leadership with Master Executive Coach Fredricka Brecht

    Our conversation with executive coach and Shipley alumna Fredricka Brecht ’68 explored her insights from years of experience working with highly intelligent, motivated leaders, along with some of the conscious and effective practices she helps them employ.
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  • Episode 05 - Equity in Education with Dr. Nicole Christian Brathwaite ’99: Why Individual and Collective Flourishing Requires Just Systems

    In our conversation with Shipley alumna Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite ’99, we explored the cumulative effects of racial trauma on students’ ability to learn, the importance of representation in education, and how to counteract implicit bias in schools, as well as the potential mental and physical health impacts of racism.
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  • Episode 06 - Falling Forward with Jesse Wang ’14: Lessons and Reflections on Growing Through Setbacks and Struggle

    Our conversation with Shipley alumnus, author, and law student Jesse Wang ’14 focuses on themes from his book, Underdog: 12 Inspirational Stories for the Despondent Law Student, including finding paths to growth, strategies for resilience, and maintaining personal well-being while navigating adversity and performing at a high level.
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  • Episode 07 - A World-Changing System: What the Neurobiology of Peak Performance Can Teach Us About Educating for Human Potential with Steven Kotler

    In our conversation with flow expert Steven Kotler we explored what flow is, how to get into flow, and the role of flow in schools and learning environments.
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  • Episode 08 - Resilient Together: Leaning On and Looking Out For the People We Love with Ali Lambert ’96 and Mike Voron

    In this episode, we take a seat with Shipley alumna Ali Lambert Voron ’96 and her husband, Mike, to explore the profound importance of love and resilience in overcoming adversity.
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  • Dr. Matt Lee is an expert on the science of flourishing at the Harvard Flourishing Project.

    Episode 09 - The Seed and the Soil: Environments that Lead to Flourishing with Harvard Professor Dr.Matt Lee

    In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Matt Lee, an expert on the science of flourishing at the Harvard Flourishing Project. We explored the components of flourishing, as well as how we might re-imagine our systems of education to better support human flourishing and the planet.
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  • Episode 10 - Driving Impact with Business Executive, Start-up Funder, and Filmmaker Akinwole Garrett '00

    In this episode, we sit down with Shipley alumnus and business executive Akinwole Garrett ’00. He talks about the primary motivation that fuels him—what he calls his insatiable desire to drive impact and make a contribution. He shares his strategies for synergizing it all so that he can be his best self mentally and  physically in both his personal and professional life.
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  • Episode 11 - Finding Our Way Up the Mountain: Redefining Independent School Education with Michael G. Turner

    In this episode of Take a Seat, host and flourishing expert Dr. Nick Holton talks to Michael G. Turner, Head of The Shipley School (a PreK through Grade 12 private school in the western Philadelphia suburbs) about the history and future of independent school education, exploring how private schools can transform to better achieve flourishing and new conceptualizations of excellence. 
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Meet the Host

    • Dr. Nick Holton is an international speaker, consultant, trainer and coach in the science and art of human flourishing; the harmonious combination of actualizing peak potential and experiencing a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Positive Education for Shipley. Nick coaches and trains executives, elite athletes and professional competitors in addition to teaching private classes to actors, directors, business groups, NCAA athletic programs and educational leadership teams. Over the course of the past seven years spent working in the field, Nick has published various articles, book chapters, op-eds as well as given talks and keynotes on topics related to optimal human functioning. This work has taken place throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and India and has been featured most recently in Fast Company.

The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.