Our cityCURRENT Radio Show airs each Sunday from 7-8 AM across all four Cumulus Media Memphis radio stations, which reach more than 750,000 listeners each week: Kix 106, 98.1 The Max, 98.9 The Bridge, and 103.5 WRBO. The show is focused on positives and features interviews with a mix of business and community leaders who discuss important trends, efforts, lessons learned, and ways to get engaged and make an impact in the Mid-South.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Sean Patton, former US Army Airborne Ranger and Special Forces Green Beret Commander, Leadership and Mindset Coach and Speaker with Stronger Leaders Stronger Profits, and Author of "A Warrior's Mindset: The 6 Keys to Greatness," who shares some of his personal background and what led him to get into coaching and write his book. During the interview, Sean highlights two of the Keys to Greatness from his book and dives into one of them, centered on purpose, then discusses some of the ways he is engaging business and community leaders through his sessions and keynote presentations.Visit https://www.strongerleadersstrongerprofits.com/ to learn more and to buy his book.
As a farmer's wife and mom of 5, BarbieJo Hatch had to master efficiency in all aspects. Being organized with her time was very important while juggling 5 schedules.Having a large family while living in a small home meant BarbieJo had to be aware of the work flow of their limited space. Everything needed a “home” so they didn't get surrounded by piles of shoes, clothes, paperwork, etc. Barbie Jo learned how to organize in the tightest of spaces and now teaches you how to go from overwhelmed to organized.Learn more: www.barbiejo.com
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Anthony Fox, President and CEO of the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association, who shares some of the history for the organization and discusses their programs and efforts to promote recovery and community through peer support, education and advocacy for all mental health consumers in Tennessee. During the interview, Anthony talks about what makes the organization unique, how the pandemic has impacted their efforts, how the community can help, and more.Learn more:Website: www.tmhca-tn.orgTwitter: https://twitter.com/TMHCAOther: email@example.com
Michael Towers, CEO for Speaking Of Your Success, has a passion for helping people, which is a product of a lifetime experiencing the damaging consequences of mental illness, addiction, and family dysfunction. Michael has turned his pain into his ministry and wants to use his story to help anyone that wants to rewrite theirs.Michael's mission is to utilize his expertise in the areas of mental health and chemical dependency counseling to improve the lives of people that suffer. Oftentimes, people struggling with mental illness and addiction cause unintended damage. Hurting people hurt people, and Michael was born with a heart to help hurting people.Michael's hope is that he can empower others to positively impact the people that they love, lead, and live near.The average person spends more than half of their waking hours at work and Michael believes that he can make the biggest impact in the workplace. That means that empowering leaders to lead better has a cascading effect that can be exponentially powerful. By educating organizations on the strategies to address mental health issues their employees will become healthier, and the results positively impact the bottom line.Learn more: https://www.speakingofyoursuccess.com/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Paula Anderson, Founder or Writing by Design Media, Inc., who shares some of her story as an entrepreneur in launching the company that produces quarterly magazines, "Emerging and Enterprising Entrepreneurs" (E3 Magazine) and "Memphis Small Business Quarterly," along with the online series, "Candid Conversations with Entrepreneurs." During the interview, Paula talks about some of the trends in the journalism industry, plans for 2022, and some Multimedia Journalism Internship opportunities for Spring 2022.Multimedia Journalism Internships for Spring 2022An internship is an opportunity to apply classroom learning and theory with practical application.Over the last three years, Writing by Design Media and now Writing by Design Media, Inc.,a public benefit organization, has worked with student interns to write news content, press releases and create social media and digital content.Writing by Design Media Inc. launched a multimedia journalism internship program for students at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. We are offering paid internships in 2022 for students who want to learn about magazine production, photography, and videography.Students will have an opportunity to work on the magazine production for our quarterly magazines - Emerging and Enterprising Entrepreneurs, Memphis Small Business Quarterly, and Candid Conversations with Entrepreneurs (digital content).Internship opportunities can be remote for students outside of Memphis, Tenn. Students need to provide writing samples, a portfolio and be enrolled in a college and university.To learn more about the internship program, visit wbdmedia.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Christina Mathesius, Senator of Economy International, Coach, Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author of the new book, "Miles for Life," who shares some of her personal story in moving from Europe to Nashville, Tennessee, and what led her to write her book, which is already a bestseller in Europe. During the interview, Christina shares her battle with cancer, her encouragement to women looking to forge their path, her support of nonprofits and efforts to help and inspire others.My upcoming book MILES FOR LIFE, which will get launched in one week in the USA. We launched the book already in Europe this summer, where it is a bestseller and hit the Amazon.de bestseller list for new coming books for weeks.Christina takes you with her and shows you what happens when you open your heart to yourself, when you have the courage to leave old patterns and expectations behind you, to overcome obstacles and to face your life with open arms.In the summer of 2017, Christina was diagnosed with "breast cancer" and began to train for a half marathon immediately after her operation and while the radiation treatment was still in progress. After a total of three operations, she ran five half marathons within a year and completed a 100 mile challenge in autumn 2020.Learn more:Website: www.christina-mathesius.com www.senate-economy.usInstagram: christina_mathesiusLinkedIn: Christina MathesiusFacebook: Christina Mathesius-PfreundschuhTwitter: Christina Mathesius @ChrisMathesi
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Ron James, who talks about his career in comedy and the entertainment industry, and what led him to write his new book, "All Over the Map." During the interview, Ron lets loose with one of his famous impressions, talks about working with other comic icons, and what he hopes readers take away from his book.About Ron James: Born in Nova Scotia, and primarily raised in Halifax, Ron moved to Toronto after graduating from Acadia University with a BA in History. Once in Toronto, he joined the premiere breeding ground of North American comedy, the Second City.Ron has been voted Comedian of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards, appeared half a dozen times at Just for Laughs, the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals, Edinburgh Festival, and starred in the first television series of his own creation, Blackfly, which ran for two seasons on Global.When Montreal's internationally renowned comedy festival Just for Laughs commissioned a one-man show, The Road Between My Ears was born and in 2003 became the first of a record-breaking nine one-hour specials on CBC that fast became a New Year's Eve viewing tradition, annually seen by 1.4 million Canadians. For five year Ron also had a CBC series, The Ron James Show.Ron is the proud recipient of an honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from Acadia University. He splits his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia.Learn more by visiting http://www.ronjames.ca/ or follow him on social media at https://www.facebook.com/RonJamesComedy/, https://twitter.com/TheRonJamesShow, or https://www.instagram.com/ramblinronj....NoticeAge-restricted video (requested by uploader)
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Suzanna Best, Vice President of Marketing and Communications with Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee, who highlights their 75th anniversary and the news that they will be offering $0.75 student admission for all Tennessee students starting in January 2022. During the interview, Suzanna talks about their mission to open every mind to the wonders of science and innovation, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. She spotlights some of the exhibits and their new arboretum that commemorates their milestone anniversary and expands learning opportunities beyond their four walls, talks about ways to get involved and much more.Adventure Science Center's mission is to open every mind to the wonders of science and innovation, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.Revenue earned from events, admission, memberships, sponsorships, and donations help support our mission and ensure that we can continue offering incredible community programs like free admission for all MNPS students and our Curiosity Membership level which is a subsidized membership for families who participate in certain government assistance programs.We're also excited to announce that – in celebration of our 75th anniversary – we will be offering $0.75 student admission for all TN students starting in January. We're hopeful that we can continue this program and potentially expand it beyond 2022. We've also developed an arboretum that commemorates our milestone anniversary and expands learning opportunities beyond our four walls. Through a series of QR codes and interpretive signage, the 75th Anniversary Arboretum provides free learning opportunities about the good of trees and serves as a catalyst for telling the story of the Bass Street Community – Nashville's first free black neighborhood – which resides partially on our site.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdventureScienceCenterTwitter: https://twitter.com/adventuresciWebsite: adventuresci.orgOther: https://twitter.com/adventuresci
Jeremy C. Park talks with Jodi Sneed, President and Founder of Engage Search, who shares some of her background and what led her to start her executive search recruiting firm that specializes in Accounting, Finance, IT, HR and Operational staffing services for businesses both on a local and national scale. Engage Search, LLC serves Nashville and the surrounding markets in Middle Tennessee. During the interview, Jodi highlights some of the things that make her company and team unique, talks about the current labor and hiring trends, and shares a number of helpful tips for hiring managers and companies looking for top talent, as well as for individuals who are pursuing employment. She also shares some tips for maintaining or building a strong corporate culture with a remote workforce, and more.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/engagesearchWebsite: https://engage-search.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/engage-search/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Scott Campbell, Executive Director of Persist Nashville, along with Melissa Watkins, Persist Coach, who both highlight the nonprofit and their efforts to empower Nashville graduates to earn a college degree. During the interview, Scott and Melissa discuss their programs and city-based approach to college persistence, their impact on more than 1,700 Nashville graduates including over 1/3 of the graduating Class of 2021, and their new Persist Career where businesses can work with the nonprofit to set up job shadowing tours for college students, serve as professional mentors, and provide meaningful work experience to Nashville students.Only 27% of Metro Nashville students are earning a college degree (2yr, 4yr, and Technical). Our vision is to double the rate of college graduates from Nashville.This year we have served over 1752 Nashville graduates including over 1/3 of the graduating Class of 2021. We have partnerships with MNPS, 5 charter high schools, and the YMCA Black and Latino Achievers programs.This year we launched Persist Career and we are looking for more business partners to support this work. Nashville businesses can work with us to set up job shadowing tours for college students, serve as professional mentors, and provide meaningful work experience to Nashville students. If you want to partner check out our website or email email@example.comLearn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PersistNashTwitter: https://twitter.com/PersistNashWebsite: https://www.persistnashville.org/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/persistnashville/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Clark Flatt, President of the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), who shares the story of founding the nonprofit in October 1997 after the tragic death of his youngest son, 16-year-old Jason, to the "silent epidemic" of youth suicide. Since its founding, JFI has grown to be one of the nation's leading nonprofits addressing the national health crisis of youth suicide. The Jason Foundation, their National Community Affiliates and National Awareness Affiliates create a national network of over 140 local affiliate offices in 39 states. This network makes available programs and services for all fifty states. JFI has never charged, since their inception, for any program or resource they have contracted to provide. During the interview, Clark talks about their programs and impact, how suicide impacts our communities, what we can do to help prevent this tragedy, and how the community can help.Clark Flatt - President / Founding Member Jason Foundation, Inc.,B.S. Business Administration, TN Technological University (1973),Masters of Divinity – Vanderbilt University (1976)Clark Flatt is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of youth suicide awareness and prevention. With over 20 years in the field of suicide prevention, Mr. Flatt, as President of The Jason Foundation, Inc., leads one of the nation's oldest and largest non-profits whose mission is addressing the national health crisis of youth suicide.The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) was founded in October of 1997 after the tragic death of Clark's youngest son, 16-year-old Jason, to the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Since its founding, JFI has grown to be one of the nation's leading non-profits addressing the national health crisis of youth suicide. The Jason Foundation, their National Community Affiliates and National Awareness Affiliates create a national network of over 140 local affiliate offices located in 39 states. This network makes available programs and services for all fifty states. JFI has never charged, since their inception, for any program or resource they have contracted to provide.Clark and his wife, Connie Flatt, have two sons; John A. Flatt, M.D., a Pediatric Neurologist and Jason Flatt, deceased at age 16 in 1997.Learn more:Website: www.jasonfoundation.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JasonFoundation/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejasonfoundation1997/Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonfoundationLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-jason-foundation-inc-/?viewAsMember=trueTN Project : www.tnwontbesilent.comDonate: https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/make-a-donation/For those needing help, call 1-800-273-TALK or text JASON to 741741.
D. John Jackson is a Fortune 50 leader with global responsibilities that include strategic planning, engineering, data science, and artificial intelligence.A creative visionary, he's an executive producer of documentary films, an author, a strategist, a futurist thinker, a lecturer, and a motivational speaker. His speaking topics are diverse and range from leadership and world history to emerging technologies, economics, and competition in the global marketplace. He is also the founder of 5J Entertainment, a company committed to educating, informing, entertaining, and promoting positive images of African Americans through various forms of media. Its first film documentary, What About Me, explores the untold, unheard, distorted, and misunderstood stories of Black men in America.Learn more at https://www.djohnjackson.com/Purchase What About Me: Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America here.Watch the Trailer to the Documentary, What About Me: Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America available on Amazon Prime video here.
cityCURRENT Radio Show Host, Andrew Bartolotta, talks with Celene Aubry, Director and Shop Manager of Hatch Show Print Shop, one of Nashville's oldest businesses and last remaining shop for the original Printers Alley. After joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, learn how this once family owned business has evolved into a working museum, that continues to produce commercial work while leveraging the artistic skills and history of letterpress.Founded by brothers Charles and Herbert Hatch, Hatch Show Print opened in Nashville in 1879. For much of the 20th century, the shop's vibrant posters served as a leading advertising medium for Southern entertainment, and included work for many members of the Grand Ole Opry such as Bill Monroe, Minnie Pearl and Ernest Tubb, and for rock & roll greats such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry.Thousands of posters and billboard-size advertisements were printed for traveling vaudeville and minstrel shows, circuses and carnivals barnstorming across the country. In 1992, Hatch Show Print became a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.Today, Hatch Show Print is a thriving letterpress poster and design shop in downtown Nashville, with seven full-time designer-printers on staff. The shop creates and prints 500 to 600 poster jobs every year for clients ranging from Mumford & Sons and Willie Nelson to brands such as Fossil, Taschen and the U.S. Postal Service.For more information about tours or the history of the shop, visit HatchShowPrint.com.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Richard Kendrick, Author of the book, "Game Changer Sk11: A Young Athlete's Success, A Parent's Grief," who shares the story of his family's successful involvement in youth sports and achieving the dream goal of every athletic child's parent - a college scholarship - along with the heartbreak of losing his son in a car accident after only one season at college. The book touches on the theme of youth sports, baseball, ambitious parents, and parental grief. During the interview, Richard talks about his son, Stevo, the accident, what led him to write the book, important takeaways for readers, and advice for other parents.Learn more and purchase the book at www.sk11livelovedream.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/richard58715288
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest, survivor of childhood sexual abuse, justice entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for women survivors in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and around the world, who discusses her newest book, "Practically Divine." Becca has been featured on PBS News Hour, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News, named a CNN Hero, and White House Champion of Change. She has founded many justice organizations around the world and helped raise more than $55 million in private dollars to lift women out of poverty and into freedom. She is the Founder and President of Thistle Farms and heads the network of its sister organizations. During the interview, Becca shares some of her story and lessons learned and talks about writing the book. She talks about her mother's wit and wisdom, redefining old narratives, using creativity to spark new revolutions and how embracing the practically divine compels us to do something, anything, to share in the feast of love together.Becca Stevens is a speaker, social entrepreneur, author, priest, founder of ten non-profit justice initiatives, and President of Thistle Farms. She has been featured on PBS News Hour, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News, named a CNN Hero, and White House Champion of Change. Drawing from 25 years of leadership in mission-driven work, Becca leads important conversations across the country with an inspiring message that love is the strongest force for change in the world. Her newest book is, Practically Divine, published by Harper Horizons.You're invited to search this path with Becca Stevens, as she explores what it means to be practically divine. Woven throughout the narrative strands are poetry and rants, as well as ruminations on her mother's wit and wisdom—and the passion she instilled in Becca for creating something from nothing. We can all learn to live a life that's practically divine by• Redefining old lies and stories, to learn from the past •Appreciating the gifts that come from imperfections or traumas •Using creativity to spark new revolutions •Accepting the chaos of the unknown before us with courage •Sharing in a feast of love, knowing there's enough mercy and forgiveness Embracing the practically divine compels us to do something, anything, to share in the feast of love together. When we start from wherever we are, we can recognize the potential for humor, wonder, and freedom.Learn more:Website: https://thistlefarms.org/ and https://www.beccastevens.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThistleFarmsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ThistleFarms/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThistleFarms
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Rokeisha Bryant, Executive Director of Cafe Momentum, Nashville, who highlights the Momentum model that uniquely transforms young lives by equipping our community's justice-involved youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential. During the interview, Rokeisha talks about the organization's origins with the award-winning restaurant and culinary training facility founded in Dallas in 2015 by Chef and CEO Chad Houser, and then how the organization now is building Momentum in Nashville, Tennessee. Rokeisha shares their platform and program and talks about some of the many ways the community can get involved, including pop up dinners, hosting watch parties for their documentary, referrals and investment in their efforts.Café Momentum is an award-winning restaurant and culinary training facility, founded in Dallas in 2015 by Executive Chef and CEO Chad HouserThe Momentum model uniquely transforms young lives by equipping our community's justice-involved youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.In building Café Momentum, the primary goal is to build a sustainable model that provides youth with juvenile justice involvement (ages 15-19) with the holistic support they need to TRULY THRIVE.Our goal is to serve 150 youth per year in Nashville.Café Momentum will be opening its Nashville non-profit restaurant in 2022. We're actively looking for funders, organizations, private donors, grants and opportunities to fund the initial phase of Café Momentum in Nashville. Café Momentum Nashville's expansion is fiscally sponsored and managed by Momentum Advisory Collective (M.A.C.)The community can get involved in 3 ways: Referring youth or community partners to us. Investing your time through volunteer opportunities, sponsoring a pop up dinner and/or donations, Hosting a screening of our 45 minute documentary (to raise awareness about our efforts)Café Momentum plans to host pop up dinners in the very near future and will continue to host them until we open our doors. In the meantime, we will launch a 10- week program that provides you with a sample of our workforce development and culinary arts training. Please follow us on our social media outlets and/or subscribe to our email subscriptions to stay informed on our events.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafemomentum.nshInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafemomentum.nshTwitter: https://twitter.com/cafemomentumnshLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cafemomentumnsh
cityCURRENT Radio Show host, Andrew Bartolotta, sits down with Cheryl Hanson and Lana Zring of Preemptive Love, where they have developed a program called “Gatherings” where people from different cultures, races, faiths, and politics are able to come together virtually in an environment where everyone has a voice, a place to be heard and valued.The idea is to promote healing from all that is tearing us apart by listening to each others' stories, understanding the struggles of the marginalized and minorities, and seeing one another through eyes of compassion. These connections foster empathy and compassion so that when we face the fears and anger in the world or disagree with our neighbors, our first choice will be to listen and practice Radical Compassion.Learn more: https://preemptivelove.org/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Candace Clippard, Executive Director of Day 7, who highlights the Nashville, Tennessee-based nonprofit's mission and efforts to provide wellness and self-care resources to nonprofit and ministry staff to alleviate burnout and promote individual and organization health. During the interview, Candace shares some of the history for the organization, some of the latest self-care trends, how they create customized self-care plans, two things she has learned recently, how the community can get involved and more.Mission - To provide wellness and self-care resources to nonprofit and ministry staff to alleviate burnout and promote individual and organization health. We create customized self-care plans, match individuals to discounted services, and offer self-care related workshops and retreats13-17 was our 2nd Annual Virtual Self-Care Summit. We hosted 20 workshops on topics of: burnout, physical health, mental health, spiritual health, and professional development.Sabbath Life - 2022 cohort for pastors, 1 Monday each month to garden, eat, and rest.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/day7inc/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/day7inc/Website: https://www.day-7.org/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Curt Campbell, Program Director with Men of Valor in Nashville, Tennessee, who highlights the organization's mission and efforts to winning men in prison to Jesus Christ and discipling them with the purpose of equipping them to re-enter society as men of integrity. During the interview, Curt talks about their working inside and outside the prisons, their focus on building relationships, the impact of their programs, how the community can get involved and more.Our purpose is to equip them to re-enter society as men of integrity - becoming givers to the community rather than takers.General information and statistics about the corrections system in America (# of incarcerated, recidivism, % released, cost per individual)Roadblocks to successful re-entryWhat Men of Valor does and the need for the community at large to engage and help while incarcerated and upon release.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MOVTenn/Website: www.movnashville.com
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Kay Kretsch, CEO of Dismas House in Nashville, Tennessee, who discusses their Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) approved residential reentry program that serves men returning to the community directly from all state correctional facilities for men and county jails throughout Tennessee. The nonprofit's goal is to support these men as they navigate the challenging transition from prison back to the community and help them overcome the many barriers to successful reentry. During the interview, Kay talks about their "Four Pillars of Programming," what makes their programs successful, their growth and development with a new campus, their larger impact in the community, the importance of their work, how the community can support their efforts and more.Opportunities to learn more about Dismas House through our Program Preview, hosted monthly on campus. Guests receive a complimentary lunch and a tour of our campus.Pillars of Programming – Basic Needs, Health & Well Being, Life Skills and Legal Support. We are have a wrap-around approach to working with our residents and we differentiate ourselves with our focus on individual and group therapy, substance use disorder treatment and financial literacy.We are in our second year at our new campus where we can service 175 men each year as the premier men's reentry campus in the state of Tennessee.We just hosted our annual Forgiveness Luncheon with our keynote speaker as Dr. Remington Richardson, a recent graduate of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and now in postdoctoral orthodontic program at Indiana University School of Medicine. Our emcee was Emmy award winning meteorologist Lelan Statom.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DismasNashvilleTwitter: https://twitter.com/dismasnashvilleWebsite: www.dismas.orgInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/nashvilledismashouse/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Bettie Kirkland, CEO of Project Return, who highlights their mission and efforts to help people who are returning to our community after incarceration by providing the resources and services needed to gain employment and build full and free lives. During the interview, Bettie talks about the organization's history and growth, their programs and what makes them successful, their social enterprises that provide job opportunities and training, their expansion, how the community can help, and more.Expansion (Lafayette Street in Nashville, City of Chattanooga)Social Enterprises (PROPS, PROe, PROh)Racial EquityWhat we do, who we serveLearn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectReturnTNLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/project-return-inc-nashville-/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProjectReturnTNWebsite: www.projectreturninc.org
Stacey Johnson founded Annestasis to walk alongside people who have undervalued and over-committed themselves and are now seeking a breakthrough.She strives to encourage and coach people to live the life they see for themselves by using multiple tools to help get them there and her process is inspired by the model of being reborn or resurrected. It's a lifelong journey and she wants to help light the path and to give what we have been freely given.Learn more: www.annestasis.com
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Dr. Philip Mathew, Program Director/Professor of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Program in Organizational Leadership at Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas and co-author and co-editor of the book, "Global Servant-Leadership: Wisdom, Love and Legitimate Power in the Age of Chaos," who shares some of his background and story moving to Texas and launching the new program at Weatherford College, what led him to work on the book with Jiying Song, Shann Ray Ferch and Larry C. Spears. During the interview, Dr. Mathew discusses some of the key takeaways and recommendations from the book, and how we can implement some of the fundamental tenets of servant leadership.In Global Servant-Leadership: Wisdom, Love and Legitimate Power in the Age of Chaos, leadership scholars and practitioners from around the globe share their insights on servant-leadership philosophy, representing diverse contexts and cultures, and reflecting a variety of approaches to servant-leadership through cutting-edge research, conceptual models, and practice-oriented case studies.Visit www.wc.edu to learn more or learn more about the book by visiting .https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793621863/Global-Servant-Leadership-Wisdom-Love-and-Legitimate-Power-in-the-Age-of-Chaos
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Adam Wilczek, Director of Endowment and Donor Engagement with United Way of Greater Nashville, who shares how and why he got involved as a volunteer with the United Way years ago and how his volunteerism led him to become a Board Member, Chairman of the Board, campaign chairman, and now a full-time member of the team. The United Way of Greater Nashville serves to unite the community and mobilize resources so that every child, individual and family thrives. During the interview, Adam talks about some of their key programs, the importance of raising money for nonprofits, the power of volunteerism, their Freewill services, opportunities to get involved and much more.About AdamServed in the US Army - While in the Army spent 3 years in Anchorage Alaska and traveled to many areas in that state.Also spent 2 years in the Washington DC area.After leaving the military, spent 40 years in the medical professional liability industry, working to help physicians avoid being sued by improving patient relations skills.Worked with national medical organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and a number of national specialty societies, such as the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.Lectured to many physician groups in the US, Canada and Europe.Business focus created many interesting opportunities, like getting to meet with high profile personnel, such as Ronald Regan, Colin Powell, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.Served in senior positions (Sr. VP. COO, etc.) in companies employing me.Have been involved with the United Way since 1996:Served in many leadership positions, such as Board Member, Chairman of the Board and campaign chairman.Since 2018 has been involved in building a planned giving program.Until late 2019, worked with Williamson County UW. Now employed by the United Way of Greater Nashville, as the two UW's merged and the combined organization is now known as the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.Our organization – what we do and why we are important:Our mission – We unite the community and mobilize resources so that every child, individual and family thrives.Our vision – We envision a community where every person has an equal chance at a bright future.Our history - we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2022.Two main functions:Raise money to help fund nonprofits.Support volunteer activitiesBy the numbers……in 2020 we:Brought together 34,000 donorsFrom 309 workplaces in 5 countiesRaising more than $16 Million is workplace giving, plus$5.1 Million raised for the Covid Response fund and $11 Million in grants and other fundingSupported 200 partner agencies.We raise money from a variety of sources, and support many nonprofits:Most of our donors are employees of companies with which we have a relationship:Companies run a “campaign” – an organized approach to solicit donations.Many companies' campaigns have creative approaches, to get employees involved.For example, one company I worked with had a “Halloween” themed campaign, where employees dressed in costumes during the campaign. I ended up dressed as Ace Freely of KISS.Some donors are high net worth individuals who can make substantial contributions.For example, during a meeting on contributions one high net worth donor wrote a check for $1 Million, placed it on the table and challenged others to do likewise.As another example, donors with highly appreciated stock can realize substantial benefit by donating the stock, thereby avoiding capital gains taxes.Of note, the Tocqueville Society was founded here in Nashville by Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.Composed of donors who contribute over $10,000 in annually to the United Way.We have over 460 members in the UW Greater Nashville family.There are now 23,000 Tocqueville members worldwide.Many of our companies provide staff to support volunteer activities. These companies allow employees to volunteer on a variety of community improvement projects while still earning their salaries.Equally important is the fact we coordinate a number of services, such as:VITA – tax preparation for limited income taxpayers.211 – referral of persons in need to the proper agency.Days of action – volunteer opportunities that highlight our work in the community, such as:Stuff the bus – collecting school supplies so that students in our communities have the supplies they need to be ready to learn.Give Thanks – collecting supplies and assembling “Give Thanks” boxes filled with food and gift cards that feed a family for the traditional Thanksgiving period.The Heart-to-Heart Luncheon – a luncheon which enables individual fundraising.FreeWill services – facilitating the preparation of a last will and testament.Over 80% of people questioned in a recent survey said having a will was an important part of their personal financial plan, but less than 30% said they had one.Reasons given was cost (lawyer's fees, etc.) and time.UW Worldwide has an agreement with a company, FreeWill, which provides software that facilitates creation of a legally valid will within about 30 minutes, and at no cost to the donor.The same company's software also aids with other types of donations, such as contribution of highly appreciated stock and IRA rollovers.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWNashvilleLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uwnashville/Twitter: https://twitter.com/UWNashvilleWebsite: www.unitedwaygreaternashville.org
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with technology strategist and certified futurist, Crystal Washington, who takes complex social media, app, and web topics and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. She has been named one of Forbes' 50 Leading Female Futurists and her clients comprise Fortune 500 companies, including Google, Microsoft, and GE. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe, including speaking at a cityCURRENT Signature Speaker Series event in Nashville, Tennessee. Crystal is the author of the books "One Tech Action" and "The Social Media Why." During the interview, Crystal talks about how she got into the tech business and became a certified futurist and speaker, provides a recap of some of the information she shared during the cityCURRENT Signature Speaker Series event, shares some advice for leveraging LinkedIn and using social media to better connect with your clients and prospects, talks about trends, like AI, that have her attention right now, how she views work-life balance, and more.Visit: https://crystalwashington.com/ to learn more.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalwashington/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with James Fields, President of Concept Technology, who shares some background on his Nashville-based company that provides managed IT services. During the interview, James talks about some of the major trends with hybrid and remote working, shifting expectations with employees, the future of work spaces and cybersecurity, and offers a number of tips and recommendations.Founded in 2003, we provide clients with flexible, customized support that includes cloud computing, enterprise email, helpdesk, network security, disaster recovery, and more.Office workers and hybrid work environments, how that effects:Hiring and retentionCommercial Real EstateCybersecurityLearn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/concepttechnologyinc/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/concept-technology/Twitter: https://twitter.com/concepttechincWebsite: https://concepttechnologyinc.com/
Sherry McMillan-Ballard truly believes "social work" is a calling. For as long as she can remember, she could never shake the overwhelming urge to lend a helping hand to a stranger or simply a listening ear. She is a true motivator with a strong desire in believing, "You can do anything with a plan and motivation." She believes in the goals and dreams of each person she engages through life, including individual and/or group therapy. No matter the age, she is capable of building rapport and fostering a therapeutic relationship for recovery. Sherry believes everyone is entitled and capable of managing life from daily stressors to mental and medical issues.Sherry has recently pivoted her experience both professional & personal into an all telling book which acts as a guide for women (men, too) to release the things that are hindering the creation of an intentional, goal-driven life. Each person should be able to confidently live as their most confident & authentic self. The journey starts within with Transition to the Real & Beautiful You.Learn more and download the worksheet: https://www.sherrymcmillanballard.com/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin, Tennessee, who highlights some of the recent recognitions for the City and Find Hope Franklin, an initiative to address mental health and substance use issues in Franklin and Williamson County. During the interview, Mayor Moore also discusses the Fuller Story and how a bronze statue of a United States Colored Troops soldier is being erected in the Public Square, what led to launching Unite Williamson and hosting a prayer breakfast, and much more.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindHopeFranklin/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findhopefranklin/Website: https://www.franklintn.gov/Home/Components/News/News/9835/1071?selectview=1
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Phala K. Mire, President and CEO of the Women's Business Enterprise Council South, who provides an overview of their efforts and programs as a regional partner organization of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women entrepreneurs. The mission of WBEC South is to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and WBEs through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth. WBEC South has more than 950 certified WBEs and 50 corporate partners in the region that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. During the interview, Phala talks about their various programs, their impact, advice for women entrepreneurs, how the community can get involved in their efforts, and more.What is the Women's Business Enterprise Council South?The Women's Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) is a regional partner organization of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women entrepreneurs. At a national level, we have 15,000 certified women business enterprises or WBEs and 150 corporate partners who support our organization.What is the mission of WBEC South?Our mission is to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and WBEs through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth.We have more than 950 certified WBEs and 50 corporate partners in our region that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.These WBEs contribute $16.5 billion to the economy and create 73,000 jobs.What programs do you have to support women business owners?We have several innovative programs for women entrepreneurs at every stage of their business including:WB Collective: We launched a new co-working space in Nashville at the INK Building downtown and also have one in New Orleans. We have private office suites, conference rooms, mailboxes, event space for women executives and CEOs to connect and thrive at com.WB Marketplace: We created the largest virtual marketplace for WBEs and corporations to connect at com.Women's Business Center South: We had a grand opening celebration in Memphis for this new center at Crosstown Concourse funded by SBA. Our team provides business and finance coaching, tools and resources for WBEs to grow their ventures at org.Enterprising Women of Color: Open to ALL women-owned companies of color, offering resources, training, coaching and events for business growth at org.How can people support WBEC South?If you're a woman-owned business, we invite you to join us for our programming to build your network. If certification is right for you, we can help you with that as well.We need corporate partners who are committed to supplier diversity to join us by sponsoring our programs and, most importantly, contracting with WBEs.Check out our website at https://www.wbecsouth.org/ to sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date on ways you can be involved in WBEC South.How can people find out more about WBEC South?Visit our website to learn about certification, register for events and programs at https://www.wbecsouth.org/.Recent Media Coverage:Nashville Business Journal: Coworking space exclusively for female entrepreneurs aims to facilitate collaboration and connectionCommercial Appeal: ‘A pleasure and an honor': Women's Business Center South helping Memphis entrepreneursNOLA.com: Enterprising Women of Color Business Center names new directorLearn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WBECSouthInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/wbecsouthofficial/Website: https://www.wbecsouth.org/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBECSouth
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with LeEllen Smith, Founder of OUTsideIN, a nonprofit social enterprise based in Troy, Tennessee, that exists to empower marginalized women through the creation of whimsical travel bags and meaningful employment. During the interview, LeEllen shares what led her to start the organization, how they've developed and grown, their impact and plans for the future, lessons learned and how everyone can help through the purchase of their products.OUTsideIN is a 501(c)3 social enterprise that exists to empower marginalized women through the creation of whimsical travel bags and meaningful employment.How we started.Our county was experiencing unemployment in excess of 11%. I wondered what it would take to create jobs to replace those lost when our country's largest employer left.Travel gear was not our first product line. We made items from up cycled T-shirts.What our name signifies.Our workforce.Women who have been marginalized from the mainstream workforce.I have an empowerment success story I like to tell.Our products.Our intention is to be self-sustaining and able to pay our workers a living wage through the sale of our products. Our products are strong and beautiful like the women who make them.Our future.We recognize that the need for housing for women in recovery is growing and believe that we can step into the
cityCURRENT Radio Show Host, Andrew Bartolotta, sits down with artist, storyteller, and mother, Shelley Buck as she shares the heart-breaking and inspiring true story of her oldest son Ryder, his unrelenting spirit and how it can teach us all to leave our light on and shine bright for the world to see.Shelley Buck was the mother of 3 boys when her oldest was diagnosed with cancer at 22 years old. What happened next was a transformation of the parent-child relationship while Shelley learned how to let Ryder deal with his diagnosis his way. Ryder ultimately beat cancer, only to lose his life later in a car accident.Ryder became the inspiration for a new character in FROZEN 2 and for one of the film's new songs. Her new book, Leave Your Light On, is a vivid and poignant look at their journey and the intricacies of letting our loved ones be the people they are meant to be.Visit https://www.leaveyourlightonbook.com to explore more about Ryder's music, his story, the book Leave Your Light On and more.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Adam Germek, President and CEO of Special Olympics Tennessee, who highlights the organization's mission and efforts to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. During the interview, Adam talks about their events, the different sports, being volunteer powered, their newest initiative with Unified Champion Schools, how the community can get involved and much more.Special Olympics Mission: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.I personally got involved when my daughter was born 10 years ago. She was born with a rare genetic disorder and my wife and I were told that she may never walk, talk, dress herself, feed herself, etc. I was working in professional sports for the Memphis Grizzlies and needed to make a career change in order to be more available to support my daughter. Thankfully a position was open with Special Olympics that allowed me to share my passion for sports and also my passion for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities. It has been such an amazing journey and one our family is so thankful for.Special Olympics hosts over 250 events each year throughout the state with local, regional and state events in 18 sports. Traditional sports like Track and field, team sports like flag football and basketball and even winter sports with skiing, ice skating and snowboarding.Our newest initiative which started 4 years ago is a program called Unified Champion Schools. This is a program that is funded through a grant from the Department of Special Education and allows us to go into schools with funding to help the school, school district and community create inclusive environments for all students. There are 3 components to this program, student leadership, whole school engagement and Unified sports opportunities (traditional students paired with students with disabilities).Special Olympics is working with TSSAA to sanction sports for Unified Teams to allow individuals with intellectual disabilities train and compete for a state championship for their school. Currently Track and Field and Bowling are sanctioned TSSAA sports.Outside of sports, Special Olympics also offers FREE health screenings in multiple disciplines including vision screenings, hearing screenings, free sports physicals, and a strong minds program that offers tips for social and emotional wellness support.Ways community members can get involved: coming out of COVID, we have a strong need for people interested in coaching, event volunteers and management team members for local programs.Upcoming events: pending COVID restrictions, we have upcoming events listed on our website that include our State Flag Football Tournament, State Golf events, State bowling events and Young athlete camps.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/specialolympicstn/Twitter: @sotennesseeWebsite: https://www.specialolympicstn.org/Instagram: specialolympicstn
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Ryan LaSuer, Executive Director of Community Care Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, who discusses their mission and efforts to serve Christ by offering hope, love, and resources to neighbors experiencing housing insecurity. The nonprofit's stabilizing services include meals, showers, laundry, hygiene, mail, pastoral counseling, mental health services, and housing navigation. Their transformational programs create a path to self-sufficiency through their Career Counseling and Rapid Rehousing Program. During the interview, Ryan talks about their impact, success stories, their two Mobile Housing Navigation Centers, the power of collaboration, lessons learned, how the community can help, and more.The mission of Community Care Fellowship is serving Christ by offering hope, love and resources to our neighbors experiencing housing insecurity. Our principal stabilizing services include meals, showers, laundry, hygiene, mail, pastoral counseling, mental health services, and housing navigation. Our transformational programs create a path of self-sufficiency through our Career Counseling and Rapid Rehousing Program. CCF partners with a social enterprise, Resera (https://www.resera.com), which employs unhoused or socially displaced female guests to make jewelry, while earning a living wage. Big AL Mowing LLC. employees male and female unhoused and socially displaced guests with the opportunity for growth in the company. Guests are also eligible for a minimum of six months of housing assistance from CCF in partnership with Urban Housing Solutions. Other wrap around services including career and mental health counseling.CCF will also be launching two Mobile Housing Navigation Centers utilizing churches this fall and are on course to house between 50-75 individuals through our Rapid Rehousing (RRH) and Master Lease programs by year's end. The Nashville nonprofit community, who are part of the RRH project, are on pace to house more than 500 individuals by year's end.We have volunteer opportunities in all of our programs and individuals interested in volunteering can contact me or our volunteer coordinator Dave Steinmetz at firstname.lastname@example.org . Our biggest need is financial support of our general operations, which are not typically supported through grants. Individuals can mail payments to CCF P.O. Box 60068 511 S. 8th St. Nashville, TN 37206 or give online at our website.Learn more:Website: https://www.ccfnashville.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityCareFellowship/Twitter: @ccf511Instagram @ccfnashville
Beverly Bragg, President and Sue Burgess, Vice President of Trousdale Foundation. Trousdale Place is a handsome Federal style two-story brick house nestled in the heart of busy downtown Gallatin, Tennessee. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Tennessee Civil War Trail.After the Revolutionary War, Captain James Trousdale received a 640-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina in return for his military service. In 1802, Tennessee purchased 40 acres of land from Captain Trousdale for $490 and the city of Gallatin, named after Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, was established. William Trousdale, Captain James Trousdale's son, married Mary Ann Bugg in 1827. They had 7 children. Five reached adulthood: Maria Louisa, Valeria, Charles, Julius, and Frances. William Trousdale was a veteran of the War of 1812, the Creek War, the Seminole War and the Mexican American War, earning him the nickname the “War Horse of Sumner County.” He served as Governor of Tennessee from 1849 – 1851. In 1853, President Franklin Pierce appointed Governor Trousdale Minister to Brazil. He served in the post until 1857. Charles, William's son, accompanied him to Brazil as his personal aid.In 1836, Governor Trousdale purchased a house, now known as Trousdale Place, located two city blocks west of the Gallatin Public Square. The home was built circa 1813 by John H. Bowen, a local attorney and member of Congress. Bowen died in 1822, and the house was acquired by William P. Rowles, the Superintendent of the Gallatin Female Academy and a Methodist clergyman. The Trousdale family lived in the in house until 1900. Today, the house / museum is managed by the Trousdale Place Foundation, Inc. and is open for tours and special events. ● Our MissionTo preserve the history of Trousdale Place and the history of the Trousdale family, for future generations of the Trousdale family to access and enjoy. Also, to work in conjunction with other historic homes and attractions in Gallatin and Sumner County to preserve and promote Gallatin and Sumner County history. Also, to honor Veterans of all wars by donating to charitable organizations that support Veterans and by giving Veterans a speaking platform at Trousdale Place. ● Spotlight Trousdale Place Foundation, Inc. is proud and honored to work with Sumner County Historian and Lecturer Kenneth Thomson, who shares our passion for preserving the history of Trousdale Place, and Sumner County history in general. Favorite statement from Ken regarding history and why it is so important to search for information regarding your ancestors?“They want to be found.” ● Upcoming EventsSaturday, August 28th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Open House, Free Admission. Donations appreciated.Saturday, September 18th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Open House for Smithsonian Museum Day, Free Admission. Donations appreciated.Thursday, September 23rd is Governor Trousdale's birthday, as well as Governor Trousdale Day, as proclaimed on September 23, 2020, by Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown. Details forthcoming on our Facebook page. Thursday, November 11th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Open House for Veteran's Day with guest speakers / presenters. Free Admission. Donations Appreciated. Learn more:Facebook: www.facebook.com/TrousdalePlace/Website: www.Trousdaleplace.com
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Dr. Phil Wenk, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee, who offers some history and perspective on the state's largest independent dental benefits carrier, and their core values, which includes supporting efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities by improving the oral health in the state of Tennessee. During the interview, Dr. Wenk talks about their philanthropic efforts and their Smile 180 Foundation, which supports children's hospitals, charitable dental clinics, and dental schools. He highlights the denture program and how Delta Dental has stepped up during the pandemic, their focus on leveraging technology to help new dentists and increasing access in rural areas, and more.Smile180 reflects the transformative power of a healthy smile to turn someone's life around. We believe a smile is attractive, promotes confidence, and is essential to a healthy, productive life.One of the core values of Delta Dental of Tennessee is to support efforts that enhance the health and wellbeing of those in our community by improving oral health in our state.The Smile180 Foundation supports Tennessee's dental colleges, children's hospitals, free and reduced-cost dental clinics, and other like-minded charities.Learn more by visiting www.deltadentaltn.com or www.smile180.com
Storm Cunningham is Executive Director of RECONOMICS Institute: The Society of Revitalization & Resilience Professionals, which helps ensure that communities worldwide have certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators (RE Facilitators). Look for the “RE” after their names.As editor of REVITALIZATION: The Journal of Economic & Environmental Resilience, Storm tracks the latest trends and techniques in urban/rural regeneration, natural resource restoration, and resilience worldwide.Storm is the author of 2002's The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary”, “Remarkable”, “A modern classic”, “A landmark work”, “Required reading”, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.”His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. George Ochs, Director of Real Asset Investment at JP Morgan calls Storm “the world's thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” and calls reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.”Storm's third book, RECONOMICS: The Path to Resilient Prosperity was published in both paperback and e-book form on January 9, 2020. It's a guide for policymakers, real estate investors and social entrepreneurs.From 2006-2009 Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College (Canada's largest college) in Toronto. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 60+ year-old association of 14,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army's 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist.Learn more: https://linktr.ee/stormcunningham
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Lori Shinton, President and CEO of Hands on Nashville and Chair of Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), who highlights the structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose or function in disaster response and recovery to network and share information. VOAD is dedicated to whole community engagement and recognizes that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient communities. During the interview, Lori talks about the focus and goals for Nashville VOAD, the VOAD Emergency Management Cycle, the organizations involved, lessons learned, how the community can help, and much more.What is VOAD?Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster or “VOAD” is a structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose or function in disaster response and recovery to network and share information.VOAD is dedicated to whole community engagement and recognize that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient communities.What is the Nashville VOAD Emergency Management Cycle?Mitigation - Minimizing the effects of disastersPreparedness - Planning how to respondResponse – Protecting the public and meeting survivors' immediate needsRecovery - Returning the community to normalWhat are some of the goals of the Nashville VOAD?Increase capacity to provide more efficient services to survivors of disasters;Better response to disasters through cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration;Networking and sharing best practices with individuals and organizations active in disaster response;Reduce or eliminate the adverse effect of natural, technological, and human-caused hazards on our socio-economic and physical environments through preparedness, mitigation, and education.Why is the Nashville VOAD beneficial to our communities? Because it:Builds relationships and trust between organizations and community partners;Brings diverse groups together around an issue to create solutions;Increases community resiliency through collaborative preparedness and training efforts;Creates a responsive structure that can be deployed immediately upon disaster;Increases coordination among partnering organizations which leads to a reduction in duplication of services;Provides points of contact for emergency managers and allows for a smooth information flow in a disaster;Can support the development of long-term recovery by supporting Long-Term Recovery Groups and their activities;It's an educational resource to residents of a community.How many organizations are involved in the Nashville VOAD?There are currently 51 member organizations who have committed to being a member of the Nashville VOAD.Many organizations have taken on more active roles in ensuring the procedures are in place and there are plans to tap into neighborhoods and/or the community as a whole depending on the level of disaster.Other organizations will take more active roles when training and also provide hands on service at the time of a disaster.We are currently made up of nonprofits, community organizations, and faith-based institutions.Representatives from several city-affiliated groups are also involved in preparation and response to disasters.What is the relationship between the city and VOAD when it comes to disaster response?The relationship between the Nashville VOAD and Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a critical component to a successful VOAD.Metro Nashville OEM expertise in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery is an important resource.OEM will provide disaster training and education to all VOAD members and is committed to collaborating with the Nashville VOAD to ensure a coordinated response between the city and the VOAD members.In addition to the Nashville VOAD's relationship with OEM, several other disaster preparedness and response partners will help to provide training to our members.Nashville VOAD's current structure has unfolded over the course of the past 18 months due to disasters in NashvilleTornado – March 3, 2020The reconvening of the Nashville VOAD was in its earliest stages when the tornado hit March of 2020Conversations were happening around how to recognize the 10th anniversary of the May 2010 floods, and several of us thought the re-establishing the work of the Nashville VOAD was the most impactful way to do so.Since no formal group was in place, organizations followed Nashville's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan as a blueprint to responding to those in need.Shortly after, the Davidson Co. Long-Term Recovery Group was formed to ensure tornado survivors could receive the help they needed.Christmas Day Bombing, 2020With tornado recovery well on its way, the Nashville VOAD steering committee had been put in place to determine best foot forward in the shape of the Nashville VOAD and the organizations willing to be at the table.Because of the steering committee and active Long-Term Recovery Group, the city and soon-to-be functioning VOAD were able to respond alongside each other, with additional help at the federal level due to the nature of the disaster.Within several weeks, the Christmas Day Bombing Long-Term Recovery Group was stood up to assist residents, employees, and businesses affected by the bomb.Flood & Severe Storms - March 2021By the time the Spring floods and severe storms hit our community in late March and early April, the Nashville VOAD had 51 organizations signed up and actively meeting.Due to the prior two disasters, we were aware of which organizations could step into the roles needed, as well as which organizations had the capacity to take on the extra workloadThis disaster also put into light the need to connect with our neighbors who did not speak English as their primary language, and we worked to put together a volunteer task force to help guide us on best practices for outreach and effective connections.TodayAll three Long-Term Recovery Groups that have been established out of the work of the Nashville VOAD and actively work with community members on becoming whole again.While each group is seated at a different point in the timeline of recovery, we continue to learn and grow from active response while we build stronger relationships with each other as a collaborative group.Who is leading the efforts of the Nashville VOAD?From the work of Tornado recovery and the roles laid out in the CEMP, the following organizations have been actively planning and executing this new chapter of the Nashville VOAD.Gifts of Money – Amy Fair of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is the current Nashville VOAD secretary / treasurer.Not only does CFMT stand up charitable funds for donors to make gifts to in response to disasters, it also allows the Nashville VOAD to fundraise to help absorb the cost of preparing for the next disasterGifts of Stuff – Tina Doniger of the Community Resource Center is active as the Vice Chair of Nashville VOAD, as she comes with the knowledge of soliciting the items survivors need in both the immediate and long-term recovery from disasterGifts of Time – Lori Shinton of Hands On Nashville currently leads the efforts as the Chair of the Nashville VOAD, as her organization not only stands up organization and execution of volunteer needs, but also has a team that can provide expertise in the many facets of disaster response.Additional brain trusts come from Red Cross of Tennessee, Neighbor to Neighbor, United Way of Greater Nashville, Family & Children Service, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Westminster Home Connection, Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and more.Together, we're building stronger communities through service. Browse hundreds of volunteer projects — or find out how your nonprofit or business can become a partner.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HONashville/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HONashvilleWebsite: https://www.hon.org/Other: Nashville VOAD — nashvilleresponds.com and @NashvilleVOAD on Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramList of members can be found at www.nashvilleresponds.com/about
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Mark Forrest, Technical Director at Lobos Rush, who provides an overview of the Collierville, Tennessee based recreation and competitive soccer program. During the interview, Mark shares some of his personal story with the sport and highlights the team's performance at the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Lobos Rush was the only club in the country with four girls' teams at Nationals. Two teams reached the semi-finals. Six Lobos Rush players were named Best XI, recognizing them as top performers in their respective gender age group. Mark also talks about Lobos Rush's pivotal role in the college recruitment process, how their programs are accessible to all, current opportunities to get involved, and more.Visit www.lobosrush.com to learn more.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lobosrushsoccer
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Anner J. Echols, Entertainment Talent Manager, Producer, Publisher, CEO and Founder of Dreamland Productions and Publisher and Producer of The Cover Magazine, who shares how her passion for fashion has led to a career spanning three decades in the entertainment and fashion industries. During the interview, Anner discusses some of her past productions, which have helped raise dollars and awareness for nonprofits, her work with youth, tips for breaking into the industry and getting started, and the power of helping others achieve their dreams along the way. She highlights her television show, The Cover Magazine, ways to get involved and much more.Learn more by visiting www.ajedreamland.co.
During the interview, Anner discusses some of her past productions, which have helped raise dollars and awareness for nonprofits, her work with youth, tips for breaking into the industry and getting started, and the power of helping others achieve their dreams along the way. She highlights her television show, The Cover Magazine, ways to get involved and much more.Learn more by visiting www.ajedreamland.co.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Eric Jackson, Founder and CEO of Element 47, who discusses some of their specializations as a full-service digital marketing agency based in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Specializations include web design and development, digital marketing, branding, SEO, paid search, social media, lead generation, email marketing, graphic design and more. During the interview, Eric highlights the differences between strategy and tactics, the power of hiring an agency that can offer a full breadth of services, tips and recommendations for increasing your effectiveness online, and more.Whether it's a comprehensive marketing plan, a new website, or a fresh approach to your brand, a common thread weaves through all our work: Providing the answers you need to thrive.Growing your business online can be as complex as you want it to be, and it's a world that's constantly in flux. But at its core, it's pretty simple, really: You need a killer marketing plan that includes a compelling website.There are a million details that make those two things possible, but as your marketing agency, we worry about those so you don't have to.Being the answer to everything doesn't mean we know the answer to everything. It does mean we're committed to learning, growing, and staying curious to find the answers you need, every time.Learn more:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/element47co/Twitter: https://twitter.com/element47coInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/element47co/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/element47co/Website: https://element47.co/
Host Andrew Bartolotta sits down with best-selling author of "Winning the Game of Work: Career Happiness and Success on Your Own Terms", Terry McDougall, to discuss creating change, driving innovation, and navigating transitions in your life.Terry helps leaders step fully into their potential to lead satisfying careers. Though the majority of her professional experience is in financial services and marketing, her work exposed her to a wide variety of industries, business climates and corporate transitions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructures.Learn more: https://www.terrybmcdougall.com/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Jeffery Johnson, author of the book, "Chasing Pro: Thinking Beyond Impossible," who shares some of his personal story and what led him to write the book, along with some of the major takeaways for readers. Ten weeks before Jeffery was to set out to play professional basketball in Spain, he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. The trauma temporarily set him back from reaching his dream, but allowed him to reflect on some of the major lessons in life that come from focusing more on continuous improvement and progress rather than the final destination. The book shares foundations for success and a collection of inspiring stories and lessons on how chasing your most sensitive and impossible dreams can impact generations.Visit www.chasingpro.com to learn more and order the book. There is a "pay it forward" option to donate an additional book to young adults struggling to chase their most impossible dreams.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Peter Demos, entrepreneur, restauranteur and author of the book, "Afraid to Trust: One Man's Journey Into the Love of God," who shares some of his story growing up in the restaurant business, taking over the family business and growing it into multiple brands, lessons learned during the pandemic and what led him to write his book. During the interview, Peter shares his faith and words of wisdom and encouragement that he has learned along the way, along with some of the key takeaways he hopes readers glean from his book.Learn more by visiting www.peterdemos.orgFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterDemosOfficialTwitter: https://twitter.com/peter_demosDemos: https://www.demosrestaurants.com/PDK : https://www.pdksouthernpantry.com/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Jason Poling, CEO of Dominion Payroll Tennessee, who highlights their mission to passionately provide education, technology, and support that creates empowerment for their clients, team and community. During the interview, Jason talks about some of the key differentiators with their level of service, expertise and technology, then discusses their focus on education with their free webinars covering legislative updates and analysis, industry spotlights, HR guidance and in-depth client trainings. He covers some of the major trends taking place, some helpful advice and recommendations, and their focus on supporting nonprofits and the community, as well.Our mission is to passionately provide education, technology, and support that creates EMPOWERMENT for our clients, our team, and our community.Vision:We will serve 50K employees by 2026 because businesses deserve to have the best technology and support so that they can best serve their employees and focus on growing their business.Here are some stats from our series of free webinars we did during COVID and all of the navigation that needed to be done with PPP, payroll credits, remote work, etc.Since March of 2020, we've hosted 230 webinars covering legislative updates and analysis, industry spotlights, HR guidance and in-depth client trainings.We've had over 16,250 participants on these webinars. (Many repeats, but still an impressive number.)We've answered well over 5,000 questions on these webinars.Website: www.dominionpayroll.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/DominionPayroll/Twitter: https://twitter.com/dominionpayroll/
Host Andrew Bartolotta sits down with researcher, speaker, and thought entrepreneur, Jon Mertz, as he discusses the role of social entrepreneurs in leading change within their communities.Jon is also the founder of Santa Fe Innovates, which is building a collaborative community to enable and guide the next generation of social entrepreneurs and startups in New Mexico.About Jon Mertz: Jon is a 25-year tech and marketing executive. He led brand development, product management and marketing, lead generation, and sales channel efforts for entrepreneurial and enterprise companies, including Corepoint Health, QuickArrow, Deloitte, IBM, and BMC. He founded Activate World, a leadership and podcast community designed to explore corporate citizenship and activism. Jon is pursuing an interdisciplinary leadership doctorate through Creighton University.Learn more: www.jonmertz.com
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Dr. Deb Macfarlan Enright, Founder and CEO, and Pam Bryant, Senior Consultant, with The Macfarlan Group, who both share some of their backgrounds and talk about the areas of focus and specialization helping social impact organizations. The Macfarlan Group offers affordable support services to nonprofits/social impact organizations so they can challenge the status quo and serve more of their constituents. Their service areas include strategic planning, leadership development and operational effectiveness. During the interview, Deb and Pam discuss these services and success stories, share some of their favorite tips and recommendations, talk about lessons learned during the pandemic, highlight their podcast and blog, and more.Specialties: Consulting, Leadership Training, Social Impact, Non-Profit and Business Management, Keynote Speaking, Podcast Production & Development, Strategy & Development for Board Members & Leadership Offices, Donor/Investor Cultivation & Engagement Strategies, and Operational Effectiveness AssessmentThe formation and mission of The Macfarlan GroupOur area of focused support available to nonprofit/social impact organizationsOur commitment to offer affordable support services so that disrupters can challenge the status quo and serve more of their constituentsA story or two of the impact our work has had on Nashville nonprofit/social impact organizationsOur Podcast in its third season 3 a.m. What's Keeping You Up at Night? focused on the work of those in the nonprofit/social impact field with special attention given to race and pivoting through the pandemicOur Blog Blogging Out Loud NOW! focusing on leadership and social justiceWebsite: www.themacfarlangroup.comInstagram: The Macfarlan Group (@themacfarlangroup)Twitter: The Macfarlan Group @DebMacfarlanFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themacfarlangroup/Podcast: 3 a.m. What's Keeping You Up at Night?Blog: Blogging Out Loud NOW!
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Mickey Randolph, Owner and CEO of Randolph Business Resources, who shares why he started the business to focus more on his family, the growth over the years and how he and his team provide outsourced on-site accounting solutions. Some of their featured services include bookkeeping, budgeting and forecasting, and financial reporting. Their team of expert bookkeepers, staff and CFO/Controllers understand and support the business needs of various types of small and medium size businesses. During the interview, Mickey talks about some of their key differentiators, advice for other entrepreneurs, lessons learned during the pandemic and more.Differentiators That Make Us Unique IncludeWe work on siteComplete packageEfficiencyNo client is too smallFlexible services & payment arrangementWhat We Are & What We Are NOTWe are an outsourced on-site accounting department alternative for small to medium-sized companies.We are your trusted partner that processes payroll, vendor payables, customer billings, reconciliations, etc.We are CFOs and Controllers that provide financial statement reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and strategic planning.We are NOT a CPA firm. We do not do any federal tax returns, federal tax consulting, or certified audits.Website: https://randolphacctg.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RandolphBusinessResources/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mickey-randolph-3902159a/Email: email@example.com
Host Andrew Bartolotta chats all things social media with award-winning marketer, Tuck Ross, who has 20+ years experience at Disney, Hasbro, and more in marketing, digital, and social media.Tuck Ross is an award-winning marketer, strategic MBA with 18+ years of marketing, digital, e-commerce, retail, product and management experience in consumer-centric environments. Tuck drives innovation in consumer engagement and digital marketing in addition to managing the brand and strategy. He's led strategic marketing programs at Disney, Hasbro, Guitar Center, and others, driving retail and entertainment consumer marketing strategy and digital sales, CRM & lifecycle, paid & social media and community, content, CX, and digital product development.Learn more: https://www.tuckross.com/
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Ross Carmichael, Managing Director of Compliance and Operations, and Ryan Campbell, Employee Benefits Producer, who both discuss some of the major trends and updates for Employee Benefits, along with a number of helpful recommendations. During the interview, Ross shares some of the major legal updates and things that employers need to focus on while Ryan touches on some of the newer opportunities that are available.Visit www.higginbotham.com to learn more.
Host Andrew Bartolotta sits down with Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame's SVP of External Affairs, Lisa Purcell, to discuss one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world's most extensive musical collections.During the pandemic, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in-person educational programming went on hiatus in March 2020, but the deployment of virtual adaptations and digital resources ramped up, forging new connections and reaching a reccord 7.2 million people!Learn more: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/