Today’s guest can be found at the intersection of impact and collaboration.

He is a consultant that works with institutions of higher education and their partners in communities, government, and business to achieve economic and social impact goals. He's worked with institutions like The Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Oregon and others to develop strategies for collaborative community and regional transformation.

He is the founder of Venn Collaborative, a professional development, networking, and services organization that offers online courses and other opportunities to higher education leaders and to community, economic, and workforce development professionals.

Most recently he launched his podcast, The Collaborative Effect, to speak with people from all walks of life and work about how they want to leave an impact in the world.

Please join me in welcoming Jim Woodell.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership listening more than telling and guiding more than directing. Leadership is being in service to others.”
  • how moving a lot as a child helped him learn how to adjust quickly.
  • when Jim found out while in college that he had skills that could be leveraged and how the roles he played gave him so much satisfaction.
  • his initial plans to work in Hollywood but deciding not to be in it after experiencing shallow behavior from people in the industry.
  • reaching his goal of working at PBS right after college and then deciding to go to Harvard for his Masters in education.
  • Jim’s commitment to K-12 teachers and their lives in their careers.
  • what led him to Penn State to get a PhD in higher education.
  • how he learned how much impact universities impact their communities through talent, innovation, and place.
  • how he adapted the way his systems were working as a “great observer” and how that helped him create more impact.
  • where his business is going and his strategy of finding the smart people and building a network he can tap into to grow.
  • the great opportunities that people can take advantage of to leave an impact.
  • the importance of listening and why that is important for outreach.
  • how Jim nurtures and sustains his network.


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Who is Robbie Samuels? 

🟧 I'm a multi-passionate entrepreneur. I geek out about community-building, relationship-building, thoughtfully designing space for a conversation, and anything about bringing people together to create connections. I believe quality engagement is about inclusion and belonging.

Depending on what caught your eye about my work, you may be surprised to discover that I do more than you were initially interested in.

What do I do?

🟧 As a business growth strategist, I coach entrepreneurial women in their 50s and beyond who are looking to grow their impact and income through new revenue streams by helping them grow their audience before they launch their product or service.

🟧 As a virtual event design consultant and executive Zoom producer, I help my clients reimagine their in-person events by utilizing all of the opportunities available through digital and analog tools. Rather than replicating the in-person event, we create a powerful virtual experience.

🟧 Before the pandemic, and again as in-person events return, I support organizations designing conferences that create opportunities for participant engagement so they can follow through on their networking intentions.

I've been producing events in one form or another since I was in college in the 90s and providing business growth strategy advice for nearly as long.

⭐ I published two books that have collectively received over 400 Amazon reviews,
⭐ I was invited to do a TEDx on my signature networking technique,
⭐ I have hosted a podcast since 2016,
⭐ when the pandemic shuttered in-person events, I swiftly reinvented myself resulting in a successful multi-six-figure business, and
⭐ my clients include Feeding America, the California WIC Association, and other national and statewide mission-driven organizations.

How can I help you?

Here are some of the ways my clients describe me…

✅ business growth strategy coach
✅ virtual event design consultant & strategist
✅ executive Zoom producer
✅ professional speaker
✅ emcee (virtual and in-person)
✅ podcast host
✅ author
✅ virtual presentation skills trainer

and I'm likely leaving something out…

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