Baghdad Underground Railroad

There are a lot of incredible people doing some amazing things in the world and our guest this week; Steve Miska is one of those people, so it seemed appropriate to invite him back  the week of Independence Day (definitely take a listen to the last time he was on—click here..

In his book “Baghdad Underground Railroad: Saving American Allies in Iraq,” Steve shares stories of the brave interpreters that walked alongside himself and many other American soldiers braving the very thick of the Iraq war.

It was a known fact that if you were partnering with Americans; you immediately became a target yourself. For this reason, Steve knew he couldn’t just leave them behind when their services were no longer needed, especially considering his military training and the commitment he was taught to live by “no man left behind”. In today’s episode, he shares some of those stories and the people who have worked with him to help bring many Iraqi and Afghan’s to safety in what can only be described as a quantum effort in belief, leadership and kindness.

Ursula’s Takeaways:

911 Every Month (5:31)
Leave No One Behind (9:08)
Invest In Your People (16:00)
In The Airborne Infantry (22:44)
70,000 People Who Are At Risk (37:55)
How Do You Maintain Your Humanity (42:05)
Help Us Save Our Afghan Allies (49:13)

About Steve Miska

Author of “Baghdad Underground Railroad: Saving American Allies in Iraq”, Steve helped dozens of Iraqi interpreters escape sectarian violence at the height of the Iraq conflict. He is the Executive Director of First Amendment Voice, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to inspiring active citizens across first amendment freedoms. He retired after 25 years in the Army, served as Director for Iraq in the Obama Administration and taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at National Defense University and West Point.


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About Ursula Mentjes

Ursula Mentjes is an award-winning Entrepreneur and Sales Expert. She will transform the way you think about selling so you can reach your revenue goals with less anxiety and less effort! Ursula specializes in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and other performance modalities to help clients double and triple their sales fast. 

Honing her skills at an international technical training company, where she began her career in her early twenties, Ursula increased sales by 90% in just one year. Just 5 years later, when the company’s annual revenue was in the tens of millions, Ursula advanced to the position of President at just 27.  Sales guru Brian Tracy endorsed her first book, Selling with Intention, saying, “This powerful, practical book shows you how to connect with customers by fully understanding the sales process from the inside out. It really works!” Ursula is also the author of One Great Goal, Selling with Synchronicity and The Belief Zone, which received the Beverly Hills President’s Choice award.  Her Podcast, Double Your Sales NOW, is available on iTunes, iHeartRadio and other outlets.

Ursula also serves as Past Statewide Chairperson of the NAWBO-CA Education Fund and Past President of NAWBO-CA. She is the recipient of the SBA’s Women in Business Champion and a recipient of the Willow Tree’s Extraordinary Example and Extraordinary Entrepreneur Awards, the NAWBO-IE ANITA Award, chosen as PDP’s Extraordinary Speaker, PDP’s Business Woman of the Year, the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Finalist and the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from two Presidents.  She has shared the stage with bestselling author Loral Langemeier, Les Brown, Tom Antion, Lisa Nichols, Giuliana Rancic and many others!  Her clients include Aflac, Ebenezer and Fairview Hospitals, New York Life, Paychex and more!  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Communication from St. Olaf College and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University.

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