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#66: Passion, Purpose and Leadership with Michael McElroy Part 2

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About the Episode

Welcome back actor, singer, Grammy nominee and Founder/Musical Director of Broadway Inspirational Voices, Michael McElroy, to the Self Smarter podcast. If you missed Part 1 of Michael’s beautiful story, pause, and visit our previous episode to get caught up before diving into the second half of his inspiring narrative. In part two, you’ll hear why it is pivotal to be a compassionate leader and model vulnerability, create community and celebrate the human experience.

Show Notes

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Michael Mcelroy

Michael is the Founder/Musical Director of Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). In 2019 Michael accepted the Tony Award Honor for Excellence in the Theater on behalf of BIV from the American Theater Wing. Michael was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for “Joy to the World” arrangement of BIV’s first holiday CD “Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas.” Under Michael’s direction, BIV has performed with such greats as Mariah Carey, Patti LuPone, Gloria Estefan, Jenifer Nettles, Idina Menzel, Harry Connick Jr., Jason Mraz, Sting, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Clay Aiken and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Heather Headley. BIV has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and his works have been performed at The Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Lincoln Center, Crystal Cathedral as well as churches and concert halls around the world.

McElroy joins the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance after 10 years at New York University where he was an associate arts professor in the New Studio on Broadway, a musical theatre acting studio in undergraduate drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Part of the inaugural faculty that created the studio, he served as head of vocal performance, creating the curricula for the discipline, and as director of diversity initiatives for Tisch Drama, a position that he originated. McElroy received his BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon where he was awarded the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award in December 2020.

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About the Hosts

We’re Dan’l Mackey Almy and Megan Zweig, the hosts of the Self Smarter podcast. We’re wives, mothers, and friends and have spent the majority of our careers leading a full-service marketing agency that serves the fresh food, floral, and better-for-you foods industry. Our chats usually involve the latest marketing insights, leadership lessons, and self-awareness tools. These chats always include lots of laughter, the occasional tear and are mostly discussed over a cocktail… or three. We’re passionate about sharing what we’ve learned, the highs and the lows, to help other leaders in the journey of becoming self smarter.

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