Embracing adversity for change

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About the podcast

Challenges can be used for good

Explore the intersection of mental wellness and professional success, uncovering stories of resilience, strategies for overcoming challenges, and the power of embracing adversity to drive positive change. From insightful interviews with industry leaders to actionable advice from mental health experts, this podcast offers a road map for fostering a healthy mindset in the corporate world, equipping listeners with the tools to thrive personally and professionally.

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Latest listen

Episode 5 - Breaking through barriers: Leading in legal with Priyanka Usmani

In episode five, Luke sits down with Baker McKenzie Partner, Priyanka Usmani to explore her journey and how she navigates her career, motherhood and much more. Moving from India, to Australia and eventually to the UK – Priyanka unpacks the many lessons she learned along the way, and how despite your differences and the challenges of life – ultimately your competence will speak for itself.

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Meet your host

Luke Wilson

Meet Luke. Alongside his role as a Partner in our Restructuring Advisory team he hosts the Mind.Set podcast, and played a pivotal role in the creation of FRP's Balanced Mind's Committee. Over six years ago Luke got sober from alcohol and drug addiction, and during that time learnt how how the biggest (or smallest) challenges in his life, paved the way for the most positive and enriching period of growth and learning he has ever experienced. Luke is passionate about helping professionals feel less isolated on their journey, and looks to debunk the myth that we have to be ‘alright’ all the time.

Priyanka Usmani

Guest spotlight

Priyanka Usmani

Meet Priyanka. A Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Banking and Finance Department, she predominately acts on restructuring and insolvency matters, often with multi-jurisdictional aspects, representing a range of clients. As well as her role, Priyanka is also Steering Committee Member of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. With experience living in India, Australia and eventually the UK - Priyanka's global experience has been transformational in offering her a unique perspective on life.

Previous episodes

Luke Wilson | Mind.Set | May 15

Rehab to recovery: Rising in the ranks with Luke Wilson

In episode four, Luke takes the hot seat and is interviewed by FRP Partner Clare Quinn-Waters where he delves into his battle with addiction. Unfiltered, raw and honest – this conversation highlights not only the physical torment but the emotional strain that comes with the process of recovery. With themes around mental wellness, the challenge of overthinking, making positive incremental changes and rebuilding – this is a must watch episode that provides insight into a fascinating journey that has seen Luke rise in the ranks and support others through their own personal struggles.

Tash Kusi | Mind.Set | April 17

Runway to renewal: From casting calls to finding his calling with Tash Kusi

In episode three, Luke catches up with Tash Kusi, former model turned Priest. Despite being presented with exciting prospects in the fashion industry, and working for brands including H&M and & Other Stories, Tash found himself searching for a deeper meaning. Packed with inspiring insights, raw honesty and transformational tips, Tash highlights the power of authenticity when finding your true purpose.

Abigail Hirshman | Mind.Set | March 13

Matters of the mind: The secrets of wellbeing with Abigail Hirshman

In episode two, Luke sits down with Abigail Hirshman, a distinguished mental health and wellbeing expert, business consultant and keynote speaker. In their conversation, Abigail explores her personal journey – and how making big decisions changed the course of her life. Through this honest conversation, Abigail provides practical and helpful tools to navigate challenges.

Alistair Bone | Mind.Set | February 14

Resilience and reinvention: From tackles to triumphs with Alistair Bone

In episode one, Luke sits down with Alistair Bone, former Wasps Rugby Player who experienced life changing news which led to a new career path. Alistair unpacks his journey, and how despite this he was able to successfully adapt, change his mind set and pivot by using the tools he gained as a professional sportsman.

Coming soon

Mohamed Massaquoi

NFL to neurology: Versatility and vision with Mo Massaquoi

A conversation not to be missed; Mohamed, founder of VESSOL, boasts an impressive background, including an exceptional career at Morgan Stanley and in the NFL, where he played professionally for five seasons after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2009.

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"In the fixed mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail it’s all been wasted. The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome."

Carol S Dweck. Psychologist.

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