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 1 - 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 2 - The Science of Friendship with Lyndia 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Resilient Together: Leaning On and Looking Out For the People We Love with Ali Lambert ’98 and Mike Voron

    In this episode, we take a seat with Shipley alumna Ali Lambert Voron ’98 and her husband, Mike, to explore the profound importance of love and resilience in overcoming adversity.
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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.