Reboot Podcast Episode Episode 1 – What If We All Belonged to Each Other? Ancestral Reunion, Belonging, & the Path to Healing

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna

Author of Reunion

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Marshall Pollard

Marshall Pollard

CEO of Staydrmn

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Episode Description

Welcome to The Reunion Podcast, where we dive deep into the stories that shape us, the struggles that push us, and the path to finding belonging in a world that often leaves us feeling lost. In this episode, Jerry Colonna and Marshall Pollard, along with guests Leticia and Erika, embark on a deep dive into the power of ancestral connections and the healing that comes from rediscovering our roots.

Through a series of personal anecdotes and thought-provoking conversations, they navigate the complexities of family dynamics, the desire for love and belonging, and the transformative journey toward self-actualization. Erika and Leticia unpack the depths of their pasts and uncover the stories that shape who they are.

As leaders, we invite you to reflect on these questions:

  1. Who am I? How do I identify? Who and what that might relate to that identity have I not seen? How did it benefit me, or my family, including my ancestors not to see or recognize such things? Which stories of my family of origin have we chosen to remember and which have we chosen to forget?
  2. To whom do I belong? To whom did my parents belong? What is it that tells me I belong to my family? What does it feel like to know that I belong? Among whom of my ancestors might have been left behind or forgotten?
  3. What is your work to do? How have I been complicit in and benefited from systemic othering? What would I have to give up that I love that might make me feel safe and I belong so that others might feel the same way? How might I create systemic belonging for others? Whose stories should I be listening to? 

Join us on this enlightening journey as we seek a grand reunion, where our stories converge, and true belonging is found. Listen in, journal, and discover the power of reuniting with the past to shape our present and future.

Show Highlights

Memorable Quotes:

“Every human being has a story. It might be the only thing we all got in common. In a sense, it may be how we belong to one another.” — Marshal Pollard

“So much of my journey of being an adult has been really about coming into a healthy relationship with the justness of my anger and the things that really set me off like boundary violations or people projecting their stuff onto me.”— Jerry Colonna

“In remembering, you may be coming into contact not only with your genuine heart of sadness, but their genuine heart of sadness, what I hear a yearning for are the elders, the old ones, who are actually well beyond ancestor. They are the wise ones who hold us.”— Jerry Colonna 

“If you have a parent who’s an addict and one who is not, Who’s responsible? Who do you hold accountable? Is it the person who’s sober and has the benefit of sobriety and can see what’s happening, or is it the person who’s the addict and behaving according to their addiction? And the answer’s both. Right? But then where does that leave the children?” – Erika

“What is your story of belonging? Reuniting with the stories of others is part of the journey to that grand reunion where there is no separation and no end to paradise. And as with every such endeavor, all who participate have their own stories to share.” – Jerry Colonna