Nigerian American professional soccer player, Amobi Okugo, has had an incredible journey in the world of soccer ever since he was young. He was then drafted after his freshman year at UCLA into Major League Soccer as part of the 2010 Generation Adidas Class. He has amassed over 150 appearances in all competitions professionally and has been honored to represent the United States national team program at various youth levels including the 2012 Olympic squad.
While playing midfielder with the Portland Timbers, he began the process of launching A Frugal Athlete — an organization helping increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among professional athletes. After watching so many athletes go broke, Amobi decided that he needed to be a part of the solution of creating ways for athletes to use their resources wisely and plan effectively for the future.
In this conversation, Branden and Amobi unpack how his journey has unfolded as a professional athlete who is passionate about educating and guiding the next generation of athletes in living a life well-spent.
Called "The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green and a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts.
Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with psychology and neuroscience, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to over twenty countries, and she's spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, and Unilever.
In their second Sounds Good conversation together, Branden and Amber dive deep into the process of writing her newest book, Choose Wonder Over Worry, and why her life’s work has become about inviting others to face their fears, wake up to their truth, and get to the source of what's holding them back.
In 2005, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean-to-bar chocolate factory, Askinosie Chocolate, and never looked back.
The only chocolate maker working directly with cocoa farmers on four continents, Shawn travels to regions of Ecuador, the Philippines and Tanzania to source cocoa beans for his chocolate. Recently named by Forbes "One of the 25 Best Small Companies in America", Askinosie Chocolate has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, on Bloomberg, MSNBC and numerous other national and international media outlets.
As someone who encourages and inspires entrepreneurs to take the leap from intentional contemplation to purposeful action, Shawn Askinosie was named “One of the 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World” by Oprah Magazine. In his newest book, Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul, Shawn shares how businesses can and should solve problems in the world, and how positive change begins with individual action.
In this conversation, Branden and Shawn explore the journey of weaving social responsibility into everything we do — the overarching idea that doing more is not enough, but work worth doing is.