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The Impromptu Game Plan
The Impromptu Game Plan
Sarah Firisen & Catherine Rennolds

The sometimes purposeful, sometimes opportunistic pivots of Career Adventurers https://theimpromptugameplan.com/

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Episodes

Sarah talks to book marketing mentor Judy Baker

From theater major to HR director, it wasn't until she had cancer in 2014 that Judy Baker found her calling... more

11 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
Sarah talks with Doug Weir, banker turned commercial pilot

After a long career in commercial banking, Doug "retired" and started a second career as a commercial pilot, following a... more

04 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Jen Rigley, creator of the online brand, Flourishing Over Fifty

Jen pivoted to being a freelance consultant when she lost her corporate executive position, then pivoted to work on Hillary... more

21 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Linda Mueller, former corporate climber turned expat partner coach

Linda is a former corporate climber who evolved into an entrepreneurial expat partner coach when she took a leap of... more

14 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to author Yvonne Caputo

 Yvonne started out as a classroom teacher but saw a need to get a second master's degree in clinical psychology.... more

24 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Heather MacDougal, a former health & safety consultant who now creates and sells Infuzible Boozibles!

A serial entrepreneur, Heather left a 20-year career as a health and safety consultant after severe burnout to create a... more

17 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Danny Freeman, fundamentalist Christian minister turned LGBTQ Young Adult novelist

Danny Freeman originally thought he wanted to be a fundamentalist Christian minister. After realizing that ministry wasn't his calling, he... more

04 Jul 2022 · 37 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with social entrepreneur, Andy Haddon

Andy is a social entrepreneur and innovator who is driven by a desire to create equitable and low-carbon approaches to... more

24 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Catherine and Sarah talk with Jon, immigrant worker turned serial entrepreneur

Jon is an exemplar of The American Dream. In 2005, Jon came upon an opportunity to travel from Uzbekistan to... more

18 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with management consultant turned entrepreneur, Ash Shastry

Ash worked for five years towards a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management. But after graduating, he realized that mechanical... more

10 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Paul Kennedy, world traveler, chef & cookbook author

After 30 years in the restaurant business, Paul quit his job, sold his house and belongings, strapped a backpack on,... more

02 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Abby Krom, standup comedian turned psychotherapist

Abby moved to LA after college to try to make a career in improv and comedy. I barely supported myself... more

27 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with government bureaucrat turned health & fitness entrepreneur Courtney McCarthy

Courtney left her cushy government job as a policy analyst (after 6 years of school and a graduate degree in... more

16 May 2022 · 41 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Gordon McKay, former South African Shadow Minister of Energy

Growing up at the end of apartheid in South Africa, Gordon knew from an early age he wanted to have... more

29 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Jack Turk, the World's FASTEST Copywriter

At the age of 50, and after 15 years at Microsoft, Jack left a six-figure job to become a Magician. ... more

18 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to writer, Jody Sperling

Jody Sperling is a fiction writer looking for a publisher.  A decade of patience and no book contract led him... more

04 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Annie McDonnell, children's book editor turned acupuncturist

After more than 20 years as a children's book editor, Annie did a lot of soul searching and found the... more

28 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Kenston Henderson, The Bias Disrupter

From very early on in his career, Kenston knew that his strengths, passions, and values lay in the L&D and... more

21 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Helen von Dadelszen, speaker trainer and coach

Helen has always been open to opportunities and to change and so life and career pivots have come easily to... more

07 Mar 2022 · 35 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to producer & storyteller Mellissa Tong

After undergraduate and graduate degrees in music composition, Mellissa pivoted to being a  TV News Anchor/Reporter/Producer. A few more pivots later,... more

28 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Career Break & Sabbatical Coach Katrina McGhee

Coming out of college with a math degree but no idea what she wanted to do with that, Katrina fell... more

21 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with marketing coach and business mentor Melitta Campbell

From the start of her career, Melitta knew that both her passion and her strengths lay in marketing, communications, and... more

07 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Farah, facilitator, coach and public speaker

Farah has had more than her fair share of adversity in her life. But she made the courageous choice to... more

31 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Stephanie Weaver, project management geek turned artist

When project manager Stephanie's husband was deployed to Afghanistan she finally found the motivation to turn her passion for art... more

20 Dec 2021 · 36 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Johdi Woodford, motivational movement & mindset coach.

After facing a life filled with roadblocks, dead ends, and personal tragedy with inspiring resilience, Johdi is now helping women... more

05 Dec 2021 · 34 minutes
Catherine Sarah talk to world citizen and reskilling expert, Sinead Creaner

After a global education across Ireland, Singapore, and Australia, Sinead did some initial career exploration only to realize that the... more

29 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Marie Chequer, Corporate Wellbeing Consultant & Career Coach

A series of life challenges helped Marie to realize that her job was not aligned with her values. She pivoted... more

14 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Nikole Batista, who is trying to figure out whether her love of horticulture is a hobby or a possible career pivot

Nikole loves her job, as a CAD designer in fashion, but wonders whether her passion for horticulture and its intersection... more

08 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
Catherine and Sarah talk with Sarah Farrell, who has come into her full potential after a few unexpected career twists and turns

Sarah thought she would be a secretary for life until some unexpected career bumps in the road forced her to... more

01 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
Catherine talks to Sarah about her own impromptu career plan

From an accidental start as a computer network engineer, through almost two decades as a software developer, with a wonderful... more

25 Oct 2021 · 38 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with networking expert, author Kelly Hoey

In the process of living her own impromptu career game plan from attorney to law firm manager to founder of... more

18 Oct 2021 · 37 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Kevin Finke, Chief Experience Officer at Experience Willow

Kevin has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential in the Experience Industry and an HR Executive... more

11 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk with Sam Palazzolo business investor & transformer

Sam comes from a long line of accountants, including his sheep counting great-grandfather in Italy. So a career as an... more

04 Oct 2021 · 34 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Bruna de Palo a neuroscience-based Executive Coach

While questioning her own career choice in IT, Bruna had the epiphany that she'd been trying to make a career... more

20 Sep 2021 · 33 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Charlotte, a packaging design consultant trying to find a new crafty career

After a long and successful career in packaging design, Charlotte found herself burned out and suddenly dealing with breast cancer.... more

12 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to David Coleman, Program Administrator at The Refugee Employment Partnership

Kicking off season two, we talk to David who had a long and successful media and marketing career. He now... more

06 Sep 2021 · 34 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Theo Hovey, a Family Service Counselor at the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery

After a career full of twists and turns, Theo has found a truly meaningful career as a Family Service Counselor... more

26 Jul 2021 · 31 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk....to each other about the #GreatResignation

We've been finding the topic of the #GreatResignation so fascinating and relevant to The Impromptu Game Plan, that we decided... more

19 Jul 2021 · 29 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to Alyssa Calhoun about finding her purpose in a finance career

This week we talk with  Alyssa,  a career adjuster. After COVID lockdown caused her to reassess her career and work-life... more

05 Jul 2021 · 37 minutes
Catherine & Sarah talk to tech adventurer Niko Pipaloff

This week, we chat with Niko about courageously making bold career and life choices. After years of working as a... more

05 Jul 2021 · 31 minutes
The Impromptu Game Plan
Catherine & Sarah talk to Alyssa Calhoun about finding her purpose in a finance career
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This week we talk with  Alyssa,  a career adjuster. After COVID lockdown caused her to reassess her career and work-life balance, Alyssa... more