Amena Brown: Vinyl & Vulnerability

November 12, 2017

Leaderbyte host, Chester Goad talks with Spoken Word artist, author, leader Amena Brown about life, leadership, and her new project, How to Fix a Broken Record.

Bio:  Amena Brown is an author, spoken word poet, speaker, and event host. The author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books, Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, reside in Atlanta, GA.

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Katie Davis Majors: On Uganda, Life & Hope

October 20, 2017

Katie Davis Majors discusses Uganda, Life, & Hope with Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad. You won't want to miss this unique episode in following God's lead to live out your purpose.  Learn more about Katie's new project Daring to Hope and Amazima ministries. 

Katie Davis Majors BIO: 

Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mama to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda and the author of the New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie.

Learn more about Katie Davis Majors

Learn more about her book, Daring to Hope & Amazima 

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Kraig Thompson & The Seed Company: Ending Bible Poverty

October 20, 2017

Your host, Chester Goad recently connected with Kraig Thompson, Manager of Mobilization for The Seed Company--a company committed to ending Bible poverty. Over a billion people still don't have access to the Bible in their Heart Language. Learn how The Seed Company is changing that. This is not your typical Leaderbyte episode, but it's fascinating! We couldn't help but share!

Learn more about The Seed Company.

Did you know? 

"The Deaf population of Brazil uses LIBRAS (Lingua Brasileira de Sinais, or Brazilian Sign Language) as their first language. These people are a microcosm of the nation, coming from both indigenous Brazilians and from among the many major worldwide ethnicities that have immigrated into Brazil in the past 200 years.

Although their racial backgrounds differ, the Deaf in Brazil share more in common with one another than they do with the wider hearing population. Because there are more opportunities for education and employment for the Deaf (and others with physical challenges) in urban areas, many families with deaf children move from the countryside into cities.

Companies are legally required to maintain a certain percentage of physically challenged employees, but many businesses circumvent or ignore the laws. This practice limits the real opportunities available to the Deaf, and as a result, forces many into low-salaried positions creating a Deaf community majority with serious economic problems." --The Seed Company 

The Seed Company is working to change that and to provide Bible translation in the deaf culture's heart language, "Brazilian Sign Language."  They're doing amazing things to #endbiblepoverty 

Follow The Seed Company on Twitter: @theseedcompany 



Carlos Whittaker Spider Killer on Leadership & Family

October 11, 2017

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad, learns leadership insights like how to kill spiders and more from author, artist, speaker, Carlos Whittaker aka "Los Whitt". 

Bio: Carlos (or Los for short) Whittaker, is an author, speaker, moment maker, spider killer, and hope dealer. You might know him from his first book Moment Maker, or the Beyonce “Single Ladies” viral video that received a People’s Choice Award. But you need to know him from his latest book, "Kill the Spider".  Learn more about the book, and some leadership insights, on this episode of The Leaderbyte Podcast.  

Phoenix Roasters Coffee Co-Founder Jeff Bagwell on Coffee That Matters

October 11, 2017

Jeff Bagwell, Co-Founder of Phoenix Roasters Coffee sets down with Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad, to talk about how coffee can lead the way to change in local and global communities, and the cycle of relief.   


What about Phoenix Roaster's Coffee?  

Aware of the importance of accountability and relationships, at Phoenix Roasters we purchase our coffee direct from the coffee farm at a price substantially more than the “fair-trade” minimum. Purchasing direct ensures maximum compensation to our farmers and their workers resulting in daily wages over 300% more than other farms.Each bag of Phoenix Roasters sold also resources domestic relief projects such as ending the commercial exploitation of children, ending homelessness, restoring abuse victims, supporting single mothers, and much more. 





Thomas Cox & the Mealfit Story: Leading & Motivating Thru Food & Lifestyle

September 8, 2017

This week Chester picks the brain of Mealfit entrepreneur Thomas Cox.  They talk business and bartering, leadership, lifestyle, priorities, and more. Thomas tells his story in his own unique direct way and he doesn't mince words. He spares nothing with his frank advice for leaders or anyone ready to take their passion to the next level. And while he believes owning your destiny whether it's in business or in wellness is not for the lazy, Thomas is clear that anybody willing to put in the time, can do it. Lots more tips, insight, and tough love from Thomas Cox on this episode of The Leaderbyte. Don't let the tough love fool you, Thomas Cox cares about people, and wants them to be successful, healthy, and happy. It's true or Mealfit wouldn't be nearly as successful! Oh, and Thomas was into Crossfit before Crossfit was cool. For tough tips to success and motivation to start pursuing your passion today--- click play, then share with a friend. 

Thomas Cox bio:

Thomas Cox is a former college football coach turned nutrition entrepreneur. He is a husband, father, mentor and life changer.

He began his business mealfit in 2013 from his kitchen table. A friend came to him with a dilemma of how to eat healthy and Thomas used his expertise in meal planning to help this friend. This quickly turned into hundreds.

Mealfit is founded on making eating easier and healthier. He feels motivating people through food and lifestyle is the way he can truly impact this world.

As an entrepreneur, Thomas has grown a very successful online, retail and catering business through his holistic grassroots approach. He has seen profits double in every year of business through his knowledge of marketing and customer service. 

Check out Mealfit here! 

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Writer Carole Sparks: Insights and Leadership Tips for Creatives

August 9, 2017

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad, talks with emerging, faithbased writer Carole Sparks who offers insight into her own creative process, advice on being a better leader, and the ultimate influence and inspiration for her writing. This was a deep and intriguing leadership conversation worth having--and one you don't want to miss.  


Who is Carole Sparks?

Carole took a round-about path to writing after graduating from both architecture school (BArch 1996) and seminary (MATh 2003) with top honors. Having journaled for years, she began sharing weekly “God thoughts” with a small circle of fellow Christ-followers. More than three years ago, the “God thoughts” morphed into a blog where Carole expounds on the Word of God as it applies to everyday life (and occasionally other relevant topics). In 2014, God called Carole to share the things He had taught her by writing Bible studies. These flow out of the blog posts as the Holy Spirit connects various Scriptures to each other and to the present day.

Having travelled far and read widely, Carole approaches life with the attitude that our experiences are our classroom and that there is something to be learned from every person. She asks, “What does God want to teach me here?” and “What is God saying through this person?” Quotes like, “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates) linger in her mind. Some call it “navel-gazing,” but the time spent in reflection provides her with fodder for writing. More importantly, however, it reveals God’s glory like a silver thread woven through every moment of life—the good and the bad. The tone of her writing reflects that teachability and the idea of working through things together.

Connect with Carole Sparks on Twitter:  @Carole_Sparks 

Check out her website here at 

Read her latest blog posts on NotAboutMe

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Connect with Leadebyte Host Chester Goad on Twitter: @chesterwgoad 


Faith, Family, Friendship & Fury: A Fun Leadership Convo

August 8, 2017

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad interviews Scott Kimsey, Director of Basketball Operations for the Tennessee Fury. Scott talks about how leadership, sports, mission and purpose have impacted his life and gives us insight into staying motivated and grounded.  Chester and Scott reminisce about growing up, college, and old friends and laugh a lot.  Treat yourself to this very authentic conversation that only has a couple of hiccups!  This was definitely a leadership conversation worth having. We're proud of Scott's commitment to sports, youth, faith, and community, and we're also impressed that he can tackle himself. 

Who is Scott?  Scott Kimsey is Director of Operations for the Tennessee Fury and Knoxville Youth Sports.  In the past, he administered a large Upward Basketball program and he developed a similar middle school league.  Scott has contributed to long-term basketball development in two African nations, working overseas for eight years and traveling to various countries for basketball camps etc.  He has played and coached recreationally, mentored college athletes, and raised funds for athletic organizations. Having experienced the positive impact of team sports on young people, Scott believes basketball builds core values of integrity, team work, community, and perseverance. Combined with a strong faith, these values develop leaders both on and off the court.  


Learn more about Knox Youth Sports and Tennessee Fury  


**This episode is dedicated to our late friend, Andy Botkin who always made us laugh.  






Leadership, Influence & Leaving People Better Than You Found Them

August 2, 2017

Nancy Hamilton, seasoned speaker and leader and small business owner shares leadership wisdom and encouragement to leave people better than we found them. Nancy's background includes service with churches, non-profits, higher education, counseling, and business. Nancy also shares how to deal with leadership disallusionment and disappointment.  Don't miss this episode of The Leaderbyte, you'll want to share it with friends and family.  

Be sure to Follow Nancy on Twitter @NANCYLHAMILTON. 

As always, you can follow your Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad @CHESTERWGOAD 

Keep leading, learning, and living!





Adam Meyer & the Intentional Life (The Bucket Episode)

August 1, 2017

I recently met up with my friend Adam Meyer to pick his brain on his thoughts on the benefits of intentional living. In this episode, Adam, a higher ed professional and fellow leadership and disability advocate, share his own story about intentional living, leadership, and priorities especially as they relate to family and faith. Check out these tips for living a happier, more efficient and fulfilling life all from simply living intentionally. 

Note from your Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad:  Dear Leaderbyte Listeners and Friends, so I was down in Florida and realized I didn't have all of my recoridng equipment, specifically an extra mic. I decided to use the internal microphones from my recording device, but didn't account for location, etc.  Unfortunately it sounds somewhat like we're in a bucket even after editing. The content is excellent though, so I hope you'll give this unintended bucket episode a listen, and check out Adam Meyer's tips for living intentionally. You'll be glad you did!

All my best, Chester