I Share Hope: Chris Williams

I Share Hope is a series of interviews with world leaders discussing their beliefs and experiences with hope and how they use hope on a daily basis in their own life and in the lives of others. They discuss real stories from their past and cover such topics as experience, relationships, failure, success, coping, depression, suicide, acceptance, business, psychological issues, illness, inspirational and motivational ideas, life, vision, goal setting, love, family, friends, strength, action steps, actionable hope, discrimination, education, freedom, leadership, counseling, dependency, addiction, chemical addiction, abuse and much more. Just about every area in life. The show airs three days a week via podcast.
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Apr 2, 2015

Umar Saif is a Pakistani computer scientist and entrepreneur, who is known for his work on using ICT solutions for developing-world problems. He is also the founder of Plan9, Pakistan's largest startup incubator and is often credited as one of the main forces behind the IT ecosystem in Pakistan.In his role as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, his work to introduce technology in government using low-cost smart-phones has had a transformative impact in Pakistan. The World Bank President highlighted this work as one of three global examples of good governance innovations in his landmark speech on governance reforms in Philippines.

Mar 26, 2015


Lisa Robinson is winning the war on drugs, poverty, homelessness and illness. As a woman of faith, she is hopeful for even more victory.

Mar 18, 2015

T.A. Robertson found hope in the midst of homelessness. He tells his story and explains practical steps we can take to share hope and opportunity to the homeless that cross our path everyday.

Mar 11, 2015

Athlete, International Ambassador at International Boxing Group, Professional Boxer at Associação Nacional de Boxe, World Traveler and Brazilian Boxing Champion, Adriano Dos-Santos talks, about travel, winning, losing and hoping.

Mar 4, 2015

Andinet Meaza was born in southwestern Ethiopia, in a small town called Chencha. Today he works to provide food, jobs, market and distribution for Ethiopia's hope crop, apples.

For five years he served as Committee Secretary for the Chencha Highland Fruit Cooperative. Cooperatives are the main channels for marketing and distribution for small-holder farmers in Ethiopia. Two years ago, Andinet founded another cooperative, known as “Rehobot”, so that he could more effectively work within the apple market. Andinet has become a major player in the Addis Ababa apple market. Since 2011, he has worked strategically to market premium fruits to major customers within Addis Ababa. He distributes apples to embassies, major hotel chains, as well as individual sales from his own small shop.

Feb 26, 2015

Jessica can do more than you... with no hands! As she proves everyday it doesn't take hands to share hope either.

Born without arms, Jessica Cox could have succumbed to the low expectations that ushered her into this world. In spite of them all she graduated from college, learned to swim, drive a car, surf, scuba dive, fly an airplane, become a Taekwondo State Champion, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in ATA Martial Arts and the Guinness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet. Yet, her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself as a whole person, her high degree of self- acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.

Feb 24, 2015

Nurse by day, rapper by night and 3 steps of hope.

 Fatima Palma was recently awarded by the Philippines House of Representatives the first ever resolution given to a Filipino Nurse - A Commendation for a “Rapping Nurse in the Philippines who is able to bring inspiration to colleagues and patients.” Known as the “Nurse Rapper” whose video went viral online getting over 500,000 views and about 100,000 likes on different social media pages.

Miss Palma not only works as a nurse, but as a rap artist, songwriter and vocalist for the hip-hop band TUKAR SINATI. She has been featured in the following shows: 24 ORAS, MUTYA NG MASA, AKSYON, UMAGANG KAY GANDA, SINGING BEE, ASAP and had her life story told on MMK as portrayed by Maxene Magalona.

Feb 20, 2015

Jie Lin is a young Chinese business person working to balance his family, education and future. He shares his views of hope and how hope applies to a young leader in China.

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Feb 20, 2015

Jie Lin is a young Chinese business person working to balance his family, education and future. He shares his views of hope and how hope applies to a young leader in China.


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Feb 16, 2015

4 million orphans in Ethiopia and what one family is doing about it.

Feb 13, 2015

George Mabon shares his hope in relationships and life.

George E. Mabon is Vice President of Human Resources for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA). The Airport Authority is the governing body behind Memphis International Airport, which ranked as the world’s #1 air cargo airport in the world for 18 consecutive years. FedEx, the Authority’s largest tenant, helps to make Memphis International the world’s busiest airport in the world after midnight.

George began his career with MSCAA in 1996 when he was hired as Manager of Human Resources. Within a few short years he was promoted to Director of Human Resources. In 2007, he was appointed VP of Human Resources by Larry Cox; President/CEO of the Authority for the past 28 years. As the head of HR at the Authority, George and his dedicated staff of HR professionals have responsibility for employment, employee relations, labor relations, benefits and compensation, training, O&D, formulation and implementation of policies and programs, reporting and compliance, and many of the company-sponsored employee activities and events. George feels very fortunate that his primary focus everyday is on the most important asset the Authority has – their team of very loyal, hard-working employees. George says, “Very few of my HR colleagues at other organizations can boast of less than 5% turnover annually – where the #1 reason for attrition is retirement.”

When George is not spending time at the airport, he is still honing his HR skills and upholding the profession as a longtime member of SHRM, and SHRMMemphis where he previously served as President. He received the TN State Council’s Professional Excellence Award in 2002, and is a current member of the SHRM-Memphis Executive Roundtable. George is also on the Steering Committee for ACI-NA (a global aviation organization) where he and several HR colleagues who are HR practitioners from various other airports in the US and Canada came together to form a coalition that is now an ACI-NA Committee.

George is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Class of 2005 and served a 3-year term on the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center (where he is also past-Chair) and on the Board for Victorian Village, Inc. His previous board work includes Playhouse on the Square, Memphis Film Forum, Friends For Life, Inc., the Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and served on St. Peter Catholic Church Parish Council and the St. Martin DePorres Shrine and Institute Advisory Board.

Feb 10, 2015

Jay Myers - Hitting the Curveballs of Life - I Share Hope

Jay B. Myers is founder and CEO of Interactive Solutions Inc. The company was named seven times in the past eleven years to INC. magazine’s list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States and featured in the Small Business section of the Wall Street Journal.

Jay Myers shares uniquely personal stories that deliver compelling, practical tips for overcoming huge obstacles.

Feb 6, 2015

From Mandela to Emmys to Breast Cancer to Hope.

Educator, two-time Emmy Award recipient, wife and mother of two, Amy Bodden Bowllan is a true humanitarian whose imprint on our society will indirectly leave its mark for generations. Understanding that knowledge is power, Amy plays an active role in building libraries for low-income families. As well, she and her family are avid walkers in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundations’s Race for the Cure. Amy began her career as a Television Investigative Producer and Reporter for WCBS-TV NY and KNXV in Phoenix, AZ. Memorable achievements include a risk-taking venture into the mind of a pedophile, resulting in a helpful list of Do’s and Don’ts for parents to safeguard their children. Previously held the position of Director of Diversity, Amy currently teaches Broadcast Journalism and Digital Literacy classes at The Hewitt School in NYC, and is accredited for integrating technological resources into staff and students day-to-day programs. Amy has been a teacher (grades K-12) for 18-years and has also hosted “Internet in Action” for PBS. Visit Bowllan’s Blog at, where she spotlighted amazing people doing amazing things, for the School Library Journal Magazine, beginning in May 2005.

Feb 4, 2015

Accountability and Vulnerability Create Courage. The story of actionable hope from MAJ Jonathan Silk.

MAJ Jonathan Silk is a triathlete, warrior, educator and an advocate for veterans and wounded veterans. He is currently serving as the National Veterans Outreach Director for Team Red, White, and Blue. He frequently competes in triathlons to raise money for wounded veterans. 

MAJ Silk was the recipient of the calendar year 2009 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award in May 2010 presented by the Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey. MAJ Silk’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart.


Feb 2, 2015

Douglas Goldstein shares practical steps about staying focused on the journey of hope.

Douglas Goldstein, CFP®, Founder, Owner, Director 

Doug began his career on Wall Street in 1992 at Dean Witter. After developing a successful practice in New York, Doug moved with his wife and family to Israel. 

Doug is accredited by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) as a licensed Israeli advisor and is also a licensed U.S. advisor. He holds the designations of Certified Financial Planner™, Registered Investment Advisor, and Trust and Estate Practitioner. He is a member of both the Financial Planning Association and of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Doug is frequently invited to give lectures as well as teach college courses on investing. He is often invited to comment on financial affairs on radio and TV and in local and international newspapers. He also serves as a trainer and consultant to banks in Israel.

Doug’s advice appears weekly in The Jerusalem Post, and he hosts a weekly radio show, Goldstein on Gelt, about business and investing. He is the author of the book Building Wealth in Israel: A Guide to International Investments.

Jan 30, 2015

The future world leaders in Ms Bartholomew's 5th Grade Class at Richland Elementary simplify hope for those of us who have allowed growing up to get in the way of hope. Simple and powerful!

Jan 28, 2015

Courtney goes against the grain of today’s me-first culture, while explaining why these time-tested principles are needed now more than ever. He shows that winning isn’t just about the score at the end of the game, or the profit margin. Ultimately, it’s about the impact you make on your fellow human beings and the legacy you leave behind.

Heralded by Bryan Burkhart of The New York Times as “a real leader who draws out the true character of his players,” Bill Courtney is a familiar name to those who saw him in Undefeated, the Oscar-winning movie about the high school football team he coached in a downtrodden section of North Memphis. The documentary, which The New York Times called “an irresistible story,” follows the indefatigable coach as he tirelessly works to turn around a troubled inner-city football team, meanwhile putting out fires at his day job: a highly successful lumber company.

Now, in his first book, Courtney, Esquire magazine’s Coach of the Year in 2012, describes the key principles—including service, civility, leadership, character, commitment, and forgiveness—that have helped young people and adults to live better and more fulfilled lives.

Jan 26, 2015

Paul Truong shares his amazing story of escape and survival. His contagious hope and life of action inspire many every day.

Award winning and best selling chess author, journalist, and promoter. Director or Marketing & PR for Webster University / SPICE. FIDE Master and 11-time National Chess Champion (South Vietnam and USA). One of the most prolific coaches in the United States. Coach of the Webster University #1 ranked Chess Team which captured 2 world and 28 national titles – 2012 to now. The team has been ranked #1 in the nation since inception in the summer of 2012 until now, which is a record in college chess. In addition, this Webster national championship team has never lost a match.)

Jan 23, 2015

David Hancock shares his story of hope and how he uses hope everyday!

David Hancock is the Founder of Morgan James Publishing and Chairman of Guerrilla Marketing international, and has co-authored twelve books including Guerrilla Marketing for Writers, The Entrepreneurial Author and “Performance Driven Thinking”.Cited as one of the world’s most prestigious business leaders and is reported to be the future of publishing.As Founder of Morgan James Publishing he was named a Finalist in the Best Chairman category in The American Business Awards. Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post.David was also selected for Fast Company Magazine’s Fast 50 for his leadership, creative thinking, significant accomplishments and his significant impact on the industry over the next ten years. David has revolutionized book publishing from the author’s standpoint. His Entrepreneurial Publishing™ model enriches authors as well as the company.David also serves as President of the Executive Board for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. And is Chairman of the Board of The National Center for the Prevention of Community 

Jan 21, 2015

Deborah Northcross shares her story of education and hope in the midst of racial discrimination.

Jan 20, 2015

Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro shares his story of hope and how he shares hope every day.

Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

Jan 19, 2015

Greg Hickman shares his story of hope and practical ways to start using hope now!

Greg is the founder of He teaches businesses and entrepreneurs how to use mobile marketing, from strategy, websites, app development and text message marketing to improve their digital marketing efforts (list building, sales conversion, loyalty and retention etc). 

He is the author of The SMS Marketing Handbook and creator of Convert From Anywhere, a training program teaching you how to build your audience and drive sales with text message marketing.

Dec 26, 2014

Hungarian-American Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar shares stories from her background and strategic steps for using and sharing hope today.

Dec 26, 2014

John Lee Dumas shares his story of hope, how he shares hope every day and practical ways to start using hope now.

Dec 26, 2014

Chris Williams gives a quick description of the I Share Hope podcast - 1,000 world leaders sharing life stories and actionable hope.

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