New podcast is up with my friend Father Rob Hagan! Father Rob is most well known for being an incredible asset to the Villanova University Community, where he is both the basketball and football Chaplain and Senior Athletic Director.

Coach Jay Wright gave him the honor of being the last person to cut down the net after the 2018 Championship game. Coach Wright remarked the following about Father Rob: “I think every player and every member of our staff will tell you Father Rob is one of the greatest men any of us have in our lives. He has been an integral part of the program and my life, I count on him as a dear friend. Our whole team and staff attend a prayer service before every game. It starts with Father Rob doing a reading from the Bible and then a homily. He’s never talking about the game, he’s talking about life — and what kind of men we are and what kind of Christians we are. I always joke with Father, don’t make us cry before the game!!”

When I met Father Rob last month, I had just lost my dad and he also lost his dad suddenly at the age of 18, so we instantly made a connection and he was able to provide me with profound wisdom I will never forget.

So quick background on Father — he is from Philadelphia, went to Cardinal O’Hara for high school, graduated from Villanova in 1987 and then immediately went to law school. He was a successful attorney for seven years, living a very normal life for a young man in his 20s and early 30s. Then when he was 32, he decided he wanted to become an Augustinian. After six years of additional education, he was ordained a priest in 2003 and has never looked back.

Throughout our conversation, he not only takes on his life journey but also provides us with valuable universal life lessons on humbleness, small acts of kindness, patience, overcoming failure, how to handle losing a loved one, and so much more. Please enjoy!

 

Books:

Green Bananas: The Wisdom of Father Bill Atkinson

Hi everyone! Super excited to share my conversation with my friend Alexa Buckley. Alexa is 27, grew up right outside Philadelphia, went to Episcopal Academy for high school, and then went on to Harvard University. During her senior year at Harvard, she and her friend Sarah Pierson came up the dream of starting their own shoe company called Margaux. Although they were passionate about the idea, they had already committed to jobs in venture capitalism and consulting. However, they suddenly became inspired when they heard Sheryl Sandberg give the commencement speech to their graduating class at Harvard in 2014. Sheryl asked, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” That moment sparked the fire in Alexa and Sarah to forego their planned corporate jobs, take a risk, and dive head first into starting Margaux.

In the spring of 2015, just a year after their graduation, they successfully launched Margaux, which has evolved over the past three years into standard and made-to-measure comfortable and chic ballet flats, loafers, slippers, sandals, and boots. They have had several pop-up stores all over the country in places like San Fran, Boston, Palm Beach, and Nantucket and just last month opened their very first flagship store on Bleeker Street in the West Village in NYC. Throughout our conversation, Alexa takes us on her entrepreneurial journey over the past three and half a years. We talk about the setbacks, the rejections, the importance of resilience, the ah-ha moments, working with a best friend, and so much more. I especially loved how Alexa told her story in such a humble manner. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!

Also, with Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to let you all know that my good friend Brittany Fenkel and her family just published an awesome children’s picture book based on their true story of how they cook for a homeless shelter every Thanksgiving and all the great feelings that go along with it. There aren’t many Thanksgiving books out there for kids and this one is very sweet (it also makes a great gift!). A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book goes to Project Home. The book can be purchased through their website www.gobblesgivesaturkey.com. Link in the show notes!

 

Books: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Website: https://margauxny.com/