Chadding with Dads: A Conversation with Ward Hendon

Ward Hendon is an investor, teacher, and entrepreneur. His career has ranged from practicing law to starting and exiting a pioneering tech-enabled legal services firm, teaching MBA students, law students and incarcerated individuals, investing in promising new businesses, serving on boards, and mentoring/advising a handful of entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Chadding with Moms: a Conversation with Ina Coleman

In this episode, we break the mold and feature our first mom guest, Ina Coleman. She is a multi-talented woman who serves on several prestigious boards, including the advisory board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the board of directors for River LA and Big Sunday. As a member of Stanford University’s Council of Humanities & Sciences and the board of dean’s advisors for Harvard Business School, Ina brings a unique perspective to the podcast. During our conversation, we dive into the importance of having conversations with your kids, particularly about safety and security as they become young adults. Ina shares her wisdom with us and introduces us to her own “momage.” Tune in for an inspiring and insightful conversation.

For-Profit Philanthropy

I am recommitting myself to philanthropic pursuits through what I have refer to as for-profit philanthropy. I formed a new non-profit organization focused on supporting meaningful for-profit objectives. SPAN – The Student-Athlete Professional Advisory Network. SPAN is focused on supporting worthy NCAA student-athletes in professional development opportunities while they are in school. Initially focused on a rollout at Stanford, SPAN is introducing an evolution of the new structure introduced by the NCAA allowing student-athletes to be compensated based upon the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Robert Wicks (Part 2)

Please make sure that you listen to Part 1 of this insightful conversation from the previous episode if you haven’t already.

During this part, Robert shares some tips and tricks to getting on the same level as your children.

Are you the parent sitting in the bleachers at a soccer game? Robert shares an alternative way to show up to the game.

After this podcast, you’ll be itching to take a hike. Listen now to find out why.


Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Robert Wicks (Part 1)

“The greatest investment you make in yourself is investing in the live of others around you.”

With this Dadage, I share a conversation with my friend, Robert Wicks. He is a philanthropic advisor and an incredible dad who helped SPIRE get off the ground, in my days at Stanford. He has forged a unique path in life by practicing genuine authenticity.  Explore the invaluable lessons Robert shares in our conversation.

Robert Wicks is the vice president of philanthropy at Gladstone and the chief executive officer of the Gladstone Foundation. Prior to joining Gladstone, he was the director of West Coast Advancement at Dartmouth College based in the Bay Area. From 2006 to 2014, he worked in a series of frontline fundraising roles for Stanford’s Office of Development and the Graduate School of Business, specializing in the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities. Robert is a board member for YCore, and has served as an advisor to the social entrepreneurs at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, and Care Message. Robert has a BA in English from Binghamton University, and was a PhD candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley.


Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Gil Garcetti (Part 2)

In today’s episode, we continue our conversation with Gil Garcetti. The former district attorney of Los Angeles county, a community leader, philanthropist, a television producer, a published photographer and a husband and father. We’re picking up now with Gil after talking about the importance of the people that come in and out of our lives, and the impact those relationships have on all of us. Gil shares how this phenomenon has played an important role in shaping and steering his life.

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Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Gil Garcetti (Part 1)

In today’s episode, I am honored to share with you my conversation with Gil Garcetti. He is the former district attorney of Los Angeles County, a community leader, philanthropist, a television producer, a published photographer and a husband and father. From humble beginnings to battling domestic abuse as DA in the midst of the OJ Simpson Case, Gil shares with me his fascinating life story.  We also discuss the importance of good physical and mental wellbeing and how engaging with people can transform our lives in ways we could never predict.

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I don’t believe in charity. I believe in philanthropic investment.

In today’s episode, following the series on philanthropy, I discuss Dadage #7. “I don’t believe in charity.  I believe in philanthropic investment.” I share some of the experiences in my life that caused me to devote so much of my time and energy to philanthropy. I talk about the early days in philanthropy. We discuss the differences between charity and philanthropy. I dive into the story around Hurricane Katrina.

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Charity vs. Philanthropy

“I don’t believe in charity, I believe in philanthropic investment”, isn’t just some clever idiom, it’s a way of life, and it’s the result of many experiences and mistakes along the way. In this episode of Dadages, we delve deeper into our series on philanthropy, and talk a bit about what’s happened in my life that caused me to devote so much time and energy to philanthropy. Tune in for a discussion on the differences between charity and philanthropy, and how work with disasters like Hurricane Katrina helped create the distinction.


Defining Philanthropy

The most important thing we have to learn is learning itself”. In this episode, we’re talking about education, and how modern society can and should adapt to new changes as often as possible. We delve into DuBois’s notion that education must not simply teach work – it must teach life – and we dig a little deeper into the term “Liberal Arts”, and how modern perceptions have skewed the classic term. We round out the talk with a look into the future, and, more specifically, how the emergence of AI could render some disciplines obsolete.


Health Matters

“Good health is not the only thing that matters, but without it, nothing matters.” Today’s episode resolves around how to live your healthiest life, and how making positive changes to your health and well-being is one of the keys to a better state of mind.


Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Geoffrey Small

Geoffrey Small joins Chad with his own perspective on Gen X and family. Chad and Geoffrey open up about the differences between generations and how parenting styles vary across the ages. Geoffrey shares some incredible stories and unique wisdom as he and Chad dive deeper into families, relationships, philanthropy, and the important ways they intersect in our lives.


Gen X

“The last generation responsible for making our parents happy and the first generation responsible for making our children happy, Gen X is at an unfortunate crossroads between the past and the future.” Every generation contributes something to the growth of our society, but what can you individually contribute? How can you share your story? In this episode, we dive into the importance of vulnerability, how to establish meaningful connections, and how to find meaning and joy in our families and responsibilities.


Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Sean Collinson

Sean grew up in Brooklyn and entered the hip-hop scene under the pseudonym Kid Flash. Now a successful Mediator in LA, Sean has a new life mission, and he’s willing to share it with us on today’s episode. He sits down with Chad to discuss how smart habits, commitment, and a disciplined mindset have helped in to carve out the life and family he always hoped for.


To Thine Own Self Be True

Today’s Dadage comes straight from the Bard himself (also a dad) – “To thine own self be true.” How can you be true to yourself, and how can you make this adage a guiding principle? How can you tune out all the noise around you and stick to your instincts, while still being open to advice and criticism?

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Maximize Your Potential – Absolute vs. Relative

Career growth is the name of the game in this continuation of last week’s episode. We dig deeper into the professional side of “overdoing it” and how that can positively or negatively affect our lives. In our careers – how much is too much? And how do we navigate career roadblocks in order to find the path toward success?


Maximize Your Potential

“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” While that may seem like crazy advice, it can actually be a trajectory for success. In this episode, we explore what it means to “overdo it” in the right way and how – with a proper mindset and healthy guardrails – you can achieve your goals.

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Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Steve Frost

Chad sits down with the voice actor Steve Frost to dive deeper into last week’s Dadage. Together, they explore the importance of making connections, building good relationships to influence your career, and how our families can impact our lives.

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Surround Yourself With Good People

“Surround yourself with people who are the best at what they do, then let them do it.” Our first Dadage explores the company you keep; the good and the bad. What does it mean for us as individuals, and how does it apply to our family, professional, and social lives?


Welcome to Dadages

Fatherly advice, worldly wisdom, and of course, some enviable dad jokes. Welcome to the Dadages podcast. Whether you are a dad, will be a dad, or have a dad, you’ll find applicable advice for all of life’s challenges. From relationship advice to career questions – there’s a Dadage for that!



There’s an old adage that says: Father knows best. But what does he know best about? Tune in weekly for career advice, relationship talk, and a look at life’s problems – all from the perspective of dear old dad.