Direct Line

Nobody makes it to the top alone. Now, you don't even have to try. On Direct Line, join Baylor Line Magazine's Editor-in-chief, Jonathon Platt ('16, MA '19), for intimate and in-depth conversations with leaders in the Baylor Family and discover the secret sauce behind some of our most influential and important alumni. From CEOs and senators, to educators and activists, to pastors and pharmacists, get insights you need to succeed in life, lead with confidence, and continue the legacy for generations of Bears to come.

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#034 - Jeff Smith Leads with Conviction
Meet Jeff Smith - 2022 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
13 min
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#033 - Michelle Andrews Smith is a Voice Worth ...
Meet Michelle Andrews Smith - 2021 Distinguished Alumna Honoree
41 min
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#032 - Randy Grime's Life of Success, Struggle,...
Meet Randy Grimes — 2022 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
8 min
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#031 - Melissa Rogers is an Unstoppable Force
Meet Melissa Rogers — 2021 Distinguished Alumna Honoree
21 min
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#030 - The Magnificent Life and Legacy of David...
Meet David McHam - 2022 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
14 min
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#029 - Ella Wall Prichard on Facing Life Courag...
Meet Ella Wall Prichard — 2021 Distinguished Alumna Honoree
55 min
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#028 - Gaynor Yancy's Passion for Students, Stu...
Meet Gaynor Yancy — 2021 W.R. White Meritorious Service Honoree
61 min
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#027 - Isaiah Odajima on Struggles, Success, an...
Meet Isaiah Odajima — Associate Professor of Ensembles and Director of the Golden Wave Band
59 min
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#026 - The Beckham Family's Blood Runs Green an...
Meet CT “Sparkey” and Merrie Beckham — 2021 First Family of Baylor Honorees
50 min
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#025 - How Mike Sims Has Made the Sports World ...
Meet Mike Sims — 2021 W.R. White Meritorious Service Honoree
40 min
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#024 - Sports Are More Than A Game For Shehan J...
Meet Shehan Jeyarajah — 2021 Recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award
40 min
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#023 - How Martha Lou Scott Made Baylor Better
Meet Martha Lou Chadwick Scott — 2021 Recipient of the WR White Meritorious Service Award
46 min
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#022 - Eric Holleyman On How To Find Your “Call...
Meet Dr. Eric Holleyman, senior lecturer of religion at Baylor University
62 min
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#021 - Maxine Hart’s Career Of Shaping Future L...
Meet Dr. Maxine Hart — 2021 Herbert Reynolds Retired Faculty Honoree
36 min
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#020 - Curtis Callaway Has The World By The Frame
The man, the myth, the legend
84 min
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#019 - George Mason On Making Change In An Ever...
Meet Rev. Dr. George Mason — 2020 Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Honoree
51 min
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#018 - Amanda Tyler's Courageous Work Of Standi...
Meet Amanda Tyler – 2021 Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Honoree
30 min
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#017 - Mark & Aubin Petersen Are Out To Love Th...
Meet the Petersen Family — Recipients of the 2021 Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award
44 min
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#016 - Mark Olsen On The Bears Who Made The Int...
Hear the untold story of how a group of Baylor faculty and staff helped make the Internet you know and use today.
49 min
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#015 - Craig Cunningham
Creative work can sometimes feel especially hard, lonely, and demoralizing. How do you stay the course, despite those struggles, through the messy middle and ship work you feel called to do?
51 min
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#014 - Brooke Blevins
How do you make change happen? It’s something I’ve asked myself again and again, and I’m sure it’s a question you’re familiar with too.
57 min
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#013 - Mia Moody-Ramirez
What do you do when a crisis strikes?
57 min
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#012 - Robert Darden
How do you mourn the loss of someone as special to you as a son?
50 min
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#011 - Rae Jefferson
At a predominantly white institution like Baylor, what is the Person of Color experience like?
53 min
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#010 - Sophia Alejandro
In a pivotal year of racial unrest, what is Baylor doing to help reconcile and atone with its past?
32 min
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#009 - Michael Hyatt
How do you lead when the world is so uncertain? Leading in uncertain times is a real struggle. Even for the most seasoned leaders. You can feel like you’re lost in a fog and can’t find the guidance you need to gain clarity. How can you get from where you are to being the leader your organization desperately needs?
54 min
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#008 - Shehan Jeyarajah
What in the wild, wild world of sports is a-goin’ on? Like every other industry, COVID has impacted the world of sports in major ways. What do some of those changes look like and what can we expect for the rest of the football season in 2020?
46 min
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#007 - Sherry Castello
Sherry Castello
24 min
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#006 - John McClain
John McClain
42 min
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#005 - John Morris
John Morris
27 min
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#004 - Walter Abercrombie
Walter Abercrombie
27 min
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#003 - Tony Pederson
Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University Tony Pederson
18 min
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#002 - Kirk Watson
Texas Senator Kirk Watson
53 min
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#001 - Derek Haas
Writer and Producer Derek Haas
21 min