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What leads people to evolve, unlearn, or drastically change the course of their life? What happens when you stop relying on societal constructs and start questioning what you’ve been taught to believe? Join Edvo CEO Shireen Jaffer and an eclectic mix of guests as they attempt to find the answers toRead more

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Rejecting Societal Expectations and Building a Meaningful Career, with Jen Glantz

Nov 25 • 54:56

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Jen opens up about her path to finding a meaningful career for herself.  From her high school teacher telling Jen she would never be a good writer, to her best friends calling Jen's business ideas "the dumbest they've ever heard," Jen talks about rejecting societal expectations every step of the way and b...

When Your Life Falls Apart and You Want to Quit, with Tyrone Ross

Oct 13 • 56:55

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Tyrone shares how he lifted himself and his family out of poverty, became a track star, qualified for Olympic tryouts, only to see his life fall into pieces within one year. As he battled a deep depression, Tyrone found himself contemplating suicide. He opens up about the moment that almost ended his life...

Finding Motivation and What To Do When Work Becomes Your Identity, with Justin Welsh

Sep 14 • 52:51

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Justin opens up about how he built a successful tech career in sales despite experiencing failure after failure in his earlier years. From struggling in school as a teenager to jumping from job to job in his early twenties, Justin recounts the moments that led him to bet on himself and others that threate...

Finding Yourself in a Stunted Relationship and Reinventing Yourself, with Carlita Coley

Aug 31 • 53:30

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Carlita tells us why she ended an 18-year marriage and shares the journey that led to this life-changing decision. Carlita also talks about navigating the world of new challenges after her divorce, from overcoming financial insecurity to dealing with a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. 

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Healing From Abuse, Sexual Trauma and Advocating For Yourself, with LaToya Zavala

Aug 10 • 01:23:30

In this episode, LaToya opens up about the sexual and emotional abuse that started for her at the age of five. She tells us about the societal messaging that prevented her from recognizing the toxicity of her environment and worse, influenced LaToya’s understanding of her self-worth. We learn about how LaToya finds her voice and overcomes years of trauma, limiting beliefs,...

Choosing a Different Life and Finding a Support System, with Emily Adams

Jul 27 • 59:38

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Emily talks about her decision toleave her family, the Amish culture, and everything she knew at the age of 17. We discuss the many culture shocks and challenges that she had to overcome, from identity crises to abusive relationships. As Emily takes her happiness into her own hands, she commits to making ...

Fighting Depression and Choosing to Live For Yourself, with Chris Atoki

Jul 20 • 50:50

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Chris talks about experiencing homelessness at the age of 19 and finding himself without a job, unable to pay for school, and without support from family or friends. This month, four years later, Chris became a home owner at the age of 24 and is making six-figures. Chris shares how he overcame depression ...

Getting Sick From Stress and Choosing Happiness, with Alex Smith

Jul 13 • 01:15:27

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Alex shares how she built a successful sales career in New York City, only to leave the glamorous lifestyle and buy a one-way ticket to Brazil. She tells us about dealing with a pre-cancer diagnosis at the age of 24 and battling fear, insecurities, and awakenings all at the same time. We further discuss t...

Feeling Unhappy and Finding Self-Empowerment through Solo Traveling, with Nabila Ismail

Jul 6 • 52:13

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Nabila shares her experiences as a solo-traveler and how she visited 30+ countries while being a full-time student. Coming from a traditional South Asian family, Nabila talks about being the girl that always followed the rules and stayed on the path that her parents wanted for her: going to pharmacy schoo...

Dealing with the Dark Side of Non-Profits and Betting On Yourself, with Rebecca Jacobs

Jun 29 • 51:46

In this episode of the Edvolution Podcast with host, Shireen Jaffer, Rebecca discusses her decision to reject the corporate route after business school and fly to Tanzania instead. She talks about losing her father at the age of 9 and her mother's cancer diagnosis, both of which influence her to question, “What would I do if I only had one year to live?” Rebecca tells us a...

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