Episode 3

Season 2: Leaning in to Curiosity

Ruksana Hussain brings together the play personalities of explorer and storyteller in her work as a travel journalist, publisher, and speaker. Seeing the world with a mindset of “wow,” keeping open to learning something new even in her home town and from people she meets with regularly, starting the day with a crossword puzzle - Ruksana has a lot to teach us all about the place of play in “work.”

“Generally speaking, play is something that’s imaginative, self-directed, intrinsically motivated and guided by rules that leave room for creativity.” Kristin Wong, New York Times How Do You Add Play To Grown-Up Life - Even Now - NY Times

GUEST: Ruksana Hussain

Ruksana Hussain is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience working with national and international print and digital media as a magazine editor and features writer. She has contributed to publications covering diverse beats and topics, including but not limited to lifestyle, travel, cuisine, culture, business, wellness, and more. She has received recognition for her journalistic work from the Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, and the Los Angeles Press Club. She is also the recipient of diversity fellowships from the ACES The Society for Editing and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. In 2022, her travel magazine—Traveler and Tourist—was named one of 13 new journalism and media projects to watch. 

Blog: www.travelerandtourist.com

Portfolio: www.ruksanawrites.com

Magazine: Subscribe​ (Now generously funded by ICFJ/NAHJ)​

About the Podcast

Show artwork for Lead with a dash of Play
Lead with a dash of Play
Re-claiming space for compassion and creativity in the workplace

About your host

Profile picture for Mary Hendra

Mary Hendra

Mary Hendra is an executive leader and entrepreneur bringing curiosity, creativity and compassion back into the workplace, into our civic spaces and into our opportunities for adult learning.

In addition to hosting "Lead with a dash of Play," Mary creates unique cohort experiences built on stillness, creativity, and compassion - with a dash of play. Learn more about Mary's work here: https://maryhendra.com/playground/