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Driven By

You'll hear from those who have boldly blazed their own trail. We discuss what drives them, the risks they have taken, what they have learned, what’s most important to them, the ups and downs along the way and I hope this helps you find what drives you.

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Sharing experiences, insights, and the drivers behind why my guests have built what they have built and how this applies to what drives you.

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“I really look forward every week to see what conversations Sam is going to bring on the show. I love how he has guests from all walks of life and fields. But all have the same thing they are driven.”

Lessons for a Lifetime

What great format for sharing these conversations! I could have listened to your conversations with Mike Bruns for several more hours. An amazing life influencer and just the nicest person you will ever meet! A must listen whether trying to be better in corporate business, non-profits or just life. Love the way Sam asks questions, reflects and circles back on key content and is so respectful during the interview.

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April 22, 2021

Over the last several weeks, my team and I have had the pleasure of taking my podcast and using it to come alongside and help organizations tell their story to their own people through their own private podcast channel. By creating an exclusive podcast channel for the organization and all of its associates, we help them build further engagement.

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April 8, 2021

My guest this week is Pat Lawler. Pat is the CEO of Youth Villages. Founded in 1986 with the merger of two Memphis-based residential campuses, Youth Villages is now a nationally recognized leader in the field of children’s mental and behavioral health.

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April 1, 2021

My guest this is week Dr. Tracy D. Hall. Tracy is the President of Southwest Tennessee Community College out of Memphis, TN. Under her leadership, Southwest TN was awarded the prestigious national bellwether award in the category with Redesign, Reinvent, and Reset.

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March 18, 2021

Geoff's been named the best sports columnist in the country five times by Associated Press sports editors, and he's also received many more awards. Please enjoy this week’s episode with Geoff Calkins!

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March 11, 2021

For those who live in Memphis or follow U of M Football, do you remember when Ryan was named interim head coach and how he made it known he wanted the job? He didn’t hold back. He went all-in, letting everyone know.

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Even in the midst of challenges and difficulty, there is good and value created in the world we live in. I believe that every person is wired to create value in our society and culture. In Conversations That Create Change, I interview people who have experiences and insights to share that are applicable to everyday life as we know it.

My hope is that by the end of each episode, you will be entertained and take away something that you will be able to apply to your own life.


Sam Coates


Sam Coates is an entrepreneur based in Memphis, TN.