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Liz Forkin Bohannon and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new book Beginner’s Pluck, optimism, why you might just be average after all, story telling and how it can change a life, social consciousness, leaning in and listening to others and about the remarkable start up story of Sseko Designs and its beginning.

You can buy the book here.


Social entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Liz Forkin Bohannon will release her first book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now, on October 1, 2019.  Beginner’s Pluck is a collection of Forkin Bohannon’s personal anecdotes that illustrate her path to building her global socially conscious enterprise, Sseko Designs, and ultimately, a life of purpose.

Beginner’s Pluck shares Forkin Bohannon’s 14 accessible steps of how anyone can build their passion and reach personal fulfillment – while also challenging society to reconsider the meanings of passion and purpose altogether. Turning the exhausted message of hustle harder into a fresh message of passion and pluck, readers will be encouraged to live like they were made on purpose – for a purpose.

‘I used to subscribe to the belief that we were born with a fixed passion and our purpose was a ‘simple’ duty to use whatever that thing was,” said Liz Forkin Bohannon. “But I’ve learned through personal experience that passion isn’t a starting point, and purpose isn’t a one-stop destination to reach.’

While Forkin Bohannon studied journalism, she developed a passion for social justice – leading her to purchase a one-way ticket to Uganda where she met young women unable to finance their education to attend university. With no background in business, fashion, or manufacturing herself, Forkin Bohannon taught the young women to make sandals, promising that if they did, they would be able to attend university.

Returning to the United States, Forkin Bohannon began selling the sandals out of the back of her car, raising enough funds to send the women to university. Today, Sseko Designs is one of the largest manufacturing companies in Uganda and will send its 131st woman to university by the end of this year.

About my guest:

Liz Forkin Bohannon is a speaker, entrepreneur, and the founder of Sseko Designs, a socially conscious fashion brand creating educational and economic opportunity for women across the globe.

Recognized by Forbes as a top public speaker and named by John Maxwell as one of the top three transformational leaders in the U.S., Forkin Bohannon has been featured on Shark TankGood Morning AmericaBloomberg BusinessweekVogue, and others. She lives with her husband and company cofounder, Ben, and their two young sons in Portland, Oregon.

Image Copyright: Liz Forkin Bohannon and . Used with permission.

F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.