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Latest podcast episodes about California State Assembly

Don’t Hide The Scars
Cal State Assemblyman Jim Patterson | PAIN Helping A Family Member With Addiction & Fentanyl Legislation Reform

Don’t Hide The Scars

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 73:19


For more on Parents & Addicts In Need, to follow on social media, the Don't Hide The Scars Podcast, to get involved, or to donate https://linktr.ee/painnonprofit Parents & Addicts in Need's Founder Flindt Andersen and Jason LaChance talk with California State Assemblyman Jim Patterson who represents the 23rd district, which encompasses eastern Fresno County, including the cities of Fresno and Clovis, and a small slice of Tulare County on the Don't Hide The Scars Podcast. Mr. Patterson shares how PAIN: Parents And Addicts In Need, namely Flindt who helped a close family member of Mr. Patterson's seek recovery and has been living a sober life for nearly 2 years. We also discussed with Jim, legislation that is being presented in the California State Assembly to bring about stricter penalties for dealers of fentanyl, with more severe consequences that could include longer sentences and possibly being charged with murder for dealing with this deadly substance. Jim served as the Mayor of Fresno from 1993-2001. After eight years of focused leadership, Jim left the City of Fresno with a $20 million general fund surplus, a AAA credit rating, over a billion dollars of new business approvals that created thousands of new jobs, and a reborn reputation for achievement that the National Civic League recognized when it designated Fresno an All-America City in 2000. Jim spent most of his professional career as a businessman and broadcast executive owning and operating radio stations in California and Idaho. Jim and his wife Sharon have lived in Fresno for most of their lives, raising three children, and now four grandchildren in the Central Valley. For more on Assemblyman Jim Patterson https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymanJimPatterson/ https://www.twitter.com/jimpatterson559

Townhall Review | Conservative Commentary On Today's News

Townhall Review – January 7, 2023 Hugh Hewitt talks to Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher who addressed the House of Representatives about the delay in selecting a Speaker of the House for the 118th Congress. Sebastian Gorka and Tom Homan, former Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, talk about the continuing crisis on our southern border. Dennis Prager looks at legislation passed last year by the California State Assembly. Julie Hartman talks to Andrew Bustamante, ex-CIA Officer and founder of EverydaySpy, about our enemies and adversaries happy to watch our nation struggle with transition. Seth Leibsohn and Pete Peterson, Dean of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, talk about Elon Musk's release of the “Twitter Files” and reestablishing free expression.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Go Green Radio
CA Assemblymember Laura Friedman Discusses PFAS & Climate Change

Go Green Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 56:36


California Assemblymember Laura Friedman authored a bill signed into law in 2022 that will prohibit the entire class of PFAS, a.k.a. “forever chemicals,” from cosmetic products sold in the state of CA. We will discuss the expected ramifications of that legislation, as well as the public policy she champions to combat climate change. As Chair for the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the bicameral Environmental Caucus, Assemblywoman Friedman has her finger on the pulse of the most pressing environmental issues facing the Golden State.

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 184 - Why Reading is So Important in the Early Years – And Early Dyslexia Red Flags

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 16:10


http://bit.ly/3XnDKCc  Why Reading is So Important in the Early Years – And Early Dyslexia Red FlagsEarly reading kindles creativity, ignites curiosity, and accelerates the imagination in young children. Children begin to role-play and develop other skills such as empathy, problem-solving, and morality.See the Video Here: https://youtu.be/u8YkhcEwrsgTwo Offerings: Live video teachings with each book. Sit next to your child and view together as your child does the work.Purchase the books at my reseller discount or purchase on your own from McGraw Hill.  With your purchase from me, you will also receive FREE digital files of our small phonogram cards A-Z and our Early Reading Picture cards.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Did you know only 40% of dyslexia is genetic? The other 60% is Developmental and nobody is talking about this. All kids should learn to read with a multisensory approach. If your child struggles with these reading concepts as a 4–5-year-old, dyslexia may be detected early on and helped! You can prevent developmental dyslexia if you understand and use these early reading skills and activities. 85% of students in Special Education with Specific Learning Disabilities have dyslexia.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.Award 2022 - Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions Receives 2022 Best of Glendora Award/Dr. Marianne sits on the FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a fourth term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  She hosts three YouTube Channels and three Podcast Channels and has hosted educational webinars over the past two years. She is a speaker and author of seven books. Prisms of Brilliance: Closing the Achievement Gap and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.­­­­­ A Message of Hope: How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic ChildrenDyslexia – A Trait of Genius: Unlocking the Genius of Your Dyslexic Child's MindDr. Cintron has training videos for two levels of her Step By Step Reading. Both come with digital files for online tutoring and training as well as hard copies are sent in the USA.Connect with Dr. Cintron  626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLNLinked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/sbsdyslexiasolutions/https://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Support the show

R.O.G. Return on Generosity
106. Karen Catlin - Generous Allyship

R.O.G. Return on Generosity

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 35:27 Transcription Available


106. Karen Catlin - Generous Allyship  “One of my favorite approaches for giving people feedback on non-inclusive language or other non-inclusive behavior. And that is, seek common ground and then educate.” - Karen Catlin “Be curious, not furious.” - Karen Catlin Karen Catlin Guest Bio: After spending 25 years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears. In 2014, Karen started the Twitter handle @betterallies to share simple, actionable steps that anyone could take to make their workplaces more inclusive. That Twitter handle became the inspiration for three books: Better Allies®: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, The Better Allies Approach to Hiring, and Belonging in Healthcare. She also emails a roundup of “5 Ally Actions” to over 30,000 newsletter subscribers every week. A self-professed public speaking geek, Karen is a highly sought-after and engaging presenter who has delivered talks at hundreds of conferences and corporate events. Her TEDx talk, “Women in Tech: The Missing Force,” explores the decline in gender diversity in tech, why it's a problem, and what can be done about it. In addition to speaking herself, Karen is determined to change the ratio for who is on stage giving keynotes and other presentations. To support her goal of bringing more diversity to speaker lineups at tech industry events, she coauthored the book Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking with Poornima Vijayashanker. In addition to speaking about her books, Karen coaches women to be stronger leaders and men to be better allies for members of all underrepresented groups. Her client roster includes Airbnb, DoorDash, Google, eBay, and Intuit. Her writing on leadership has appeared in Inc., the Daily Beast, Fast Company, and the Muse, and she's consulted on articles for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the New York Times. Karen is a graduate and active alum of Brown University, mentoring students on how to launch their careers. She's also a member of the board of directors of Digital NEST and on the advisory boards for the Women's CLUB of Silicon Valley and WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Technology). In 2015, the California State Assembly honored Karen with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women. Guest Favorite Quote:  “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou R.O.G. Takeaway Tips: Share the spotlight. Take the 50 Potential Privileges Checklist  Share office housework Set up your profile with inclusive requirements. (closed captions, diverse panels, etc.)  Keep growing on the journey. Subscribe to 5 Ally Actions for specific ideas on how to continue to grow.  Resources: www.karencatlin.com www.betterallies.com Additional Better Allies Content Better Allies Weekly Newletter Karen Catlin on LinkedIn (ln/kecatlin) Karen Catlin on Twitter (@kecatlin) Karen Catlin on Instagram (@karencatlin) Better Allies on Instagram (@betterallies) Better Allies on Twitter (@betterallies) Network Diversity Index Quiz Coming Next: Episode 107, Building Bridges Coaching Tips for Generous Leaders with Shannon Cassidy. Topic: Generous V.I.B.E.   Credits: Karen Catlin, Sheep Jam Productions, Host Shannon Cassidy, Bridge Between, Inc.

Philip Teresi Podcasts
Tuesday 12/6 - Jim Patterson, Local Shooting, & A University of Idaho Murder Update

Philip Teresi Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 35:02


Assemblyman Jim Patterson announced his plans for the Accountability for Fentanyl Dealers Act at a press conference Monday before being sworn in to the California State Assembly.  Patterson was alerted by Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp to a loophole in the law that is sending dangerous drug dealers and suppliers right back out into our neighborhoods and schools.  “Since such a small amount of fentanyl can have deadly consequences, it's vital that we change the way we hold dealers and suppliers accountable.”  –Assemblymember Jim Patterson   A man was shot to death by deputies Tuesday following a standoff just outside Fresno. The shooting happened about 5:20 a.m. in the area of Belmont and Wintergreen avenues across from Belmont Country Club, according to deputies. The man fired at deputies and hit a patrol car with a deputy seated inside it after 2 a.m before the standoff. A deputy arrived to find the man in the street in the dark, and saw what was believed to be a muzzle flash, heard a gunshot and saw smoke coming from the engine of his cruiser, according to Assistant Sheriff John Zanoni. While the man was on the property, he used a tool, possibly a grinder, to pierce a 5-gallon propane tank, which exploded, Zanoni said. He also attempted to do the same on a 500-gallon tank though it did not explode. No deputies were injured  Moscow police are looking for more information on the movements of University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house in the hours before they were killed along with two other Idaho students last month. Chapin and Kernodle's timeline "seems to be one of the larger areas that we don't have a lot of information in," Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told ABC News.  he two University of Idaho roommates who survived a mysterious quadruple homicide in their off-campus house are speaking out for the first time. "They all lit up any room they walked into and were gifts to this world. I wish every day that I could give them all one last hug and say how much I loved them," one of the roommates said in a statement See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

KMJ's Afternoon Drive
Tuesday 12/6 - Jim Patterson, Local Shooting, & A University of Idaho Murder Update

KMJ's Afternoon Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 35:02


Assemblyman Jim Patterson announced his plans for the Accountability for Fentanyl Dealers Act at a press conference Monday before being sworn in to the California State Assembly.  Patterson was alerted by Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp to a loophole in the law that is sending dangerous drug dealers and suppliers right back out into our neighborhoods and schools.  “Since such a small amount of fentanyl can have deadly consequences, it's vital that we change the way we hold dealers and suppliers accountable.”  –Assemblymember Jim Patterson   A man was shot to death by deputies Tuesday following a standoff just outside Fresno. The shooting happened about 5:20 a.m. in the area of Belmont and Wintergreen avenues across from Belmont Country Club, according to deputies. The man fired at deputies and hit a patrol car with a deputy seated inside it after 2 a.m before the standoff. A deputy arrived to find the man in the street in the dark, and saw what was believed to be a muzzle flash, heard a gunshot and saw smoke coming from the engine of his cruiser, according to Assistant Sheriff John Zanoni. While the man was on the property, he used a tool, possibly a grinder, to pierce a 5-gallon propane tank, which exploded, Zanoni said. He also attempted to do the same on a 500-gallon tank though it did not explode. No deputies were injured  Moscow police are looking for more information on the movements of University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house in the hours before they were killed along with two other Idaho students last month. Chapin and Kernodle's timeline "seems to be one of the larger areas that we don't have a lot of information in," Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told ABC News.  he two University of Idaho roommates who survived a mysterious quadruple homicide in their off-campus house are speaking out for the first time. "They all lit up any room they walked into and were gifts to this world. I wish every day that I could give them all one last hug and say how much I loved them," one of the roommates said in a statement See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Flanigan's Eco-Logic
Panama Bartholomy on Building Decarbonization

Flanigan's Eco-Logic

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 37:40


In this episode of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Panama Bartholomy, Founder and Executive Director at the Building Decarbonization Coalition.Panama discusses his youth in Northern California, and from an early age, seeing the importance of the human dimension on forging a healthy and sustainable future. He then describes his academic career which focused on sustainable community development. Panama goes on to share his works for the California Division of the State Architect on a sustainable schools initiative, for the California Conservation Corps, for the California Energy Commission, and as an advisor the Speaker of the California State Assembly. He then moved to Europe and worked for over three years in the Netherlands for the Investor Confidence Project, an Environmental Defense Fund initiative to standardize certification of energy efficiency retrofits to ease financing and lower interest rates.He later moved back to the states to found the Building Decarbonization Coalition, now in its fourth year with a prestigious list of sponsors. The Coalition he leads is a force, now marshalled to enact policies and to foster collaboration between manufacturers, designers, and installers. So far, nearly 100 cities have passed ordinances that ban natural gas use in new construction. He concludes with a discussion of scale, and scaling decarbonization. He talks about "Zonal Decarbonization," taking neighborhoods and sequentially removing the gas. He sees the 2020s as preparation.... and 2030s as the decade of scale.

TNT Radio
Burton Brink & Cece Woods on The Bryan McClain Show - 02 December 2022

TNT Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 55:49


GUEST OVERVIEW: Burton Brink is former law enforcement with the LA County Sheriff's Department running for California State Assembly. He is will talking about a number of issues plaguing California including the drastic rise in gas prices which is 50% more than many states in the nation.

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 182 - How to Use the Picture Walk Reading Strategy to Build Comprehension Skills

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 18:23


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDx How to Use the Picture Walk Reading Strategy to Build Comprehension Skillshttps://youtu.be/Hjb9BKicup8It's a funny name, but picture walks are real! When you know the story, you can narrate the story by viewing pictures. Young kids don't need the whole story. They don't need all the details. Just the basics. I use Goldilocks and the Three Bears to show you how to do the picture walk. Children who are reading, can read to young siblings. Depending on the younger child's age, the child may need to learn how to do picture walks. My two year old used to read to her big brother (age 3) with picture walks. It was the cutest thing!Please like and subscribe to the channel. I hope you have the desire to purchase the Read, Write and Listen books from me as I can share my reseller discount with you. And then, with a paid subscription, you can have the training videos on how to successfully use these books. Instructions are in the back of each book, but I am writing out detailed instructions for you…with words, and more details. Finally, be aware if your child struggles with these books. Only 45% of dyslexia is genetic. Developmental dyslexia can be avoided using the Science of Reading beginning with preschoolers and kinders.Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a 4th term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Dyslexia Book Titles:Prisms of Brilliance: Closing the Achievement Gap and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.­­­­­ A Message of Hope: How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic ChildrenDyslexia – A Trait of Genius: Unlocking the Genius of Your Dyslexic Child's MindConnect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tubehttps://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Amazon Store Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLN Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Kinders #Dr Marianne Cintron #Picture Walkhttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/    Support the show

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 181 - Using Pictures to Teach Reading and Writing Skills – Companion Activities for Kinder Program Read ,Write and Listen

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 17:28


http://bit.ly/3XnDKCcUsing Pictures to Teach Reading and Writing Skills – Companion Activities for Kinder Program Read ,Write and Listenhttps://youtu.be/kBhvggWlwNoI created picture cards you can print out in various colors to teach beginning, ending, and middle sounds. You can teach rhymes, and “does not match” with the pictures. In this video, I show you how to teach your child. College Teacher Programs should be familiar with these Orton-Gillingham Strategies. Follow the Science of Reading and let's get all our Kinders reading. I also teach you how to do “sound blending” with my phonogram cards.You may receive the digital file of my cards free when you order the Read, Write and Listen books from me. I am passing my discount on to you, plus giving you FREE materials!The Videos where I train you to use each Read, Write and Listen books are available with a paid subscription of $20 month. Access 24-7 on my training videos.  You can view snippets of these videos on my YouTube.Prices are subject to change. People need these now and when the sales go up, so do the prices.SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE COMPLETE VIDEOS AND READ WRITE AND LISTEN BOOKS HERE:   http://bit.ly/3XnDKCc Also, you can download my app free CDSM to hear letter names and sounds.  Find the CDSM app here:IOS   http://bit.ly/3WEuxF4Android   http://bit.ly/2WhZ1Q7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a 4th term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2022 Dr. Marianne received Best of Glendora Awards – Adult TrainingIn 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Dyslexia Book Titles:Prisms of Brilliance: Closing the Achievement Gap and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.­­­­­ A Message of Hope: How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic ChildrenDyslexia – A Trait of Genius: Unlocking the Genius of Your Dyslexic Child's MindCurriculum:Dr. Cintron has training videos for two levels of her Step By Step Reading. Both come with digital files for online tutoring and training as well as hard copies are sent in the USA.Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.comPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/#Dr Marianne #Kinder Reading  #Phonogram Cards https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Support the show

Girl, Take the Lead!
44. Have Confidence: Rebecca Cohn, Master Baker, Leads Us to Make The Perfect Pie Crust!

Girl, Take the Lead!

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 39:58


Rebecca Cohn, trained pediatric physical therapist, international management consultant, elected California State Assembly member, lawyer, Texas rancher, and it turns out she's also a Master Baker. You may remember her from Episodes 24 and 25. Today she joins Yoas guest co-host to talk pies and lead us from pie making disasters – perfect timing for Thanksgiving! Here are Rebecca's ingredients and measurements for a single crust: 2.5 Cups All Purpose Flour (Rebecca recommends White Lily or King Arthur) 2 Sticks Unsalted Kerry Gold Butter .5 teaspoon Salt 1 teaspoon Sugar 8-10 Tablespoons Ice Water (make sure there's no ice when measuring) Throughout the episode Rebecca brings her additional tips like: · Don't make the pie the day you're going to serve (too much stress) · Relax and have fun – create a playlist for pie making dancing occasions · Keep everything chilled · Make as much as you can in advance · Roll out your dough from the center out · Fold your dough into quarters to get it into the pie pan · Blind Baking is key to a flaky crust · Use your extra dough for creating pie decorations · Prevent burned edges by knowing your oven and watching carefully · Catch oven spills using a foil lined cookie sheet She also has an amazing recipe for a Pumpkin Praline Pie. Here were the measurements for the bottom and top crumble to go with your favorite pumpkin custard recipe: · Bottom: 1 cup pecans, 1/3 c brown sugar · Top Crumble: 1/3 cup pecans, 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar You can hear more from Rebecca on Episodes 23and 24where she joined us to talk about the book, Bittersweet, by Susan Cain. More about Rebecca: Cohn served as Assistant Majority Leader during her time in the Assembly. Cohn was founder and Chair of the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. She was the Chair of Health Committee, a member of Public Safety, and the Utilities and Commerce Committees as well. Cohn was instrumental in the development of the state's Medical Examiner competency exam and the establishment of treatment guidelines. She has been active on other boards including: the American Physical Therapy Association's Advisory Panel on Women, the Diversity Task Force of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisor's Domestic Violence Council, and the Board of Directors for the Support of Battered Women. On a personal note, Rebecca lives in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her long-time partner, Peter Schmidt. She is currently designing and building her dream ranch on 34 acres of land which she loves and calls her own. If you have questions for Rebecca about your pies please direct them to Yo. Ways to reach Yo: eMail Website: https://www.girltaketheleadpod.com Public FB group: Girl, Take the Lead! https://www.facebook.com/groups/272025931481748/?ref=share IG: https://www.instagram.com/yocanny LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yocanny/

The State of California
Robert Rivas speaks on being elected as speaker of California state assembly

The State of California

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 8:26


California has named its next Assembly Speaker after months of debate over the succession plan for current speaker Anthony Rendon. After a 6-hour meeting yesterday, state Democrats emerged with the announcement that Robert Rivas was unanimously voted to be next in line for the position when Rendon's term comes to a close. The Democratic Assemblymember representing California's Central Coast is now headed for a long transition into the seat, to be made official in June of 2023. To discuss further, Patti Reising and Bret Burkhart spoke with Robert Rivas,  Assembly member and now "speaker designee" of California.

Sojourner Truth Radio
Sojourner Truth: Friday November 11, 2022

Sojourner Truth Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 56:57


Today on Sojourner Truth, our Friday round table panel is back with our panelists including: former member of the California State Assembly, and current LAUSD governing school board member Jackie Goldberg, international correspondent Laura Carlsen and historian Dr. Gerald Horne, we discuss the Brazil election and major changes in Israeli politics that place Israel the farthest to the right in its electoral history, we also discuss the U.S. midterm elections and the unexpected victories and losses. as well as the role in this historic midterm of Gen Z, the highest voting majority group than any other age group in the U.S.

Sojourner Truth Radio
Sojourner Truth: Friday November 11, 2022

Sojourner Truth Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 56:57


Today on Sojourner Truth, our Friday round table panel is back with our panelists including: former member of the California State Assembly, and current LAUSD governing school board member Jackie Goldberg, international correspondent Laura Carlsen and historian Dr. Gerald Horne, we discuss the Brazil election and major changes in Israeli politics that place Israel the farthest to the right in its electoral history, we also discuss the U.S. midterm elections and the unexpected victories and losses. as well as the role in this historic midterm of Gen Z, the highest voting majority group than any other age group in the U.S.

The Addiction Podcast - Point of No Return
Marc Berkman Making Social Media Safe for our Kids

The Addiction Podcast - Point of No Return

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 36:59


Marc Berkman serves as the CEO of the Organization for Social Media Safety (OFSMS), which he has grown into the world's preeminent consumer protection organization focused on social media.  Under Marc's leadership, OFSMS has developed a state-of-the-art social media safety curriculum and has taught essential safety skills to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and educators across the world.  Marc has also guided OFSMS' advocacy efforts leading to the passage of groundbreaking social media safety legislation like Jordan's Law, the nation's first law to deter social media-motivated violence.  And Marc has spearheaded major partnerships between OFSMS and prestigious non-governmental organizations, including ones with DARE: International to expand access to social media safety education and with U.C.L.A. to undertake innovative social media safety research. Previously, Marc served for over a decade as a senior advisor to members of the United States Congress and the California State Assembly. During his time as a legislative aide, he developed and helped pass into law numerous legislative initiatives to protect vulnerable children and families.  Marc has been featured in notable publications like the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider. He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. Marc lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, CA.

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 179 - How Do You Help Students Spell Correctly? High School and College Students with Mild Dyslexia

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 13:06


How Do You Help Students Spell Correctly? High School and College Students with Mild Dyslexiawatch here: https://youtu.be/Ljj6jUklHKQhttps://bit.ly/3K8UlDx https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/ Our college students graduate from high school but still can't sound out unfamiliar words or spell. How does it happen? Can they get accommodations for Mild Dyslexia?This is what mild dyslexia looks like in college kids. They work so hard, need friends to edit their work, and they know something is just not right. Listen to this video and hear about this topic and how we address it.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Did you know that 85% of kids in Special Education classrooms have dyslexia? Auditory processing is the most common deficit in these children. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dyslexia – A Trait of Genius Forty percent of self-made millionaires in the United States are dyslexic. Thirty-five percent of entrepreneurs in the United States are dyslexic. Alexander Graham Bell, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and Leonardo Da Vinci all had Dyslexia. I am saddened when I see kids fail in school because of an empowering thing like reading because dyslexic children struggle with reading. I believe if an environment would embrace reading, we would open up a world of opportunity for dyslexic people. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022. She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a fourth term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside. She hosts three You Tube Channels, three Podcast Channels and has hosted educational webinars over the past two years. She is a speaker and author of seven books. Dr. Cintron has training videos for two levels of her Step By Step Reading. Both come with digital files for online tutoring and training as well as hard copies are sent in the USA. Dyslexia Solutions: Dr. Cintron has over 166 You Tube and Podcasts episodes where she interviews dyslexic adults and adults with dyslexic children. She also provides Orton Gillingham training in these videos and podcasts. Her Podcasts have over 7000 downloads in only 1-1/2 years. Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tube https://bit.ly/3qXAbo7 You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions https://bit.ly/314YLGj Podcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutions https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Amazon Store Trait of Genius https://amzn.to/33kVxCU Prisms of Brilliance https://amzn.to/3uO4zDA A Message of Hope https://amzn.to/3GI4wLN Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIc https://www.facebook.com/mpcintron https://twitter.com/mpcintron16 https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexia https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Support the show

Aspire with Osha: art, nature, humanity
Conversation with Supervisor Damon Connolly - Key Issues for Voters this Tuesday, 11/ 8

Aspire with Osha: art, nature, humanity

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 17:02


Supervisor Damon Connolly responds to questions from host Osha Hayden about how to create solutions to the important issues facing Sonoma and Marin County residents.  He is running for the California State Assembly.We talk about ways to address climate change, the drought, diminishing water supply, housing, the Sonoma Developmental Center SDC, and PG&E's influence on the CPUC, among other topics. As a co-founder of Marin Clean Energy - who also helped create Sonoma Clean Power to provide clean green energy to our communities, Supervisor Connolly has been on the front lines of implementing clean, energy efficient solutions. He is an advocate for empowering residents to install rooftop solar panels.Supervisor Damon Connolly has been on the ground in Marin County of years working on solutions to the pressing issues we face. He was among the first advocates to stand up for making California a sanctuary state for women needing abortions to protect their health.Remember - voting is your superpower! So be sure to get your vote in for this Tuesday's mid-term election. That's November 8th. There are lots of super important issues on the ballot including codifying women's reproductive freedom and the right to choose and have control over their own bodies and lives.Please Vote and let your voice be heard. 

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 177 - Teaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders – Video 3- Teaching the Letter G - The Science of Reading

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 19:32


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDxOrder Kinder books here https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/#kinder-readinessTeaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders –  Video 3- Teaching the Letter G -  The Science of Reading Not for Dyslexic KiddosI wanted to share these amazing materials and show you how you use them. 3 - G - https://youtu.be/y8ixFPca4VgThis video 3  of 24 videos to help introduce the workbooks Beginning to Read, Write and Listen by Pleasant Rowland. She sold this reading series and founded the American Girl doll (book and video series); however, I still found a copy at a yard sale that my own kids used in Kindergarten - 1995-1997. After ordering single copies from Amazon, I learned  I was able to purchase a full set. What are the differences? A glitter cover is now a glossy cover.  And the new version of the books contain instructions on the back cover! I've made these easy for you to order from the printer.  I use my own reading program for dyslexic kiddos and I train teachers in my program if you are interested.  I highly recommend these as tools for new teachers or parents who want to help kids at home. New teachers will fall in love with the multisensory approach teaching the Science of Reading! All universities should have these in their Teacher Credentialing Programs.Pop Ups SHORT - https://youtu.be/SA58D0_z4IY2 - O - https://youtu.be/rM7kQPR_cWsDr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a 4th term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tube https://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions   https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Amazon Store Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLN Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/  Support the show

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 175 - VIP Module 9 - Next Steps After 50 Hours – Orton Gillingham Training – FREE Online Training

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 34:37


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDx https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/VIP Module 9  - Next Steps After 50 Hours – Orton Gillingham Training – FREE Online TrainingWhat Happens After 50 Hours of Reading Intervention for Dyslexic Students? This has been so popular that I decided to repost it. I sell the programs on my website and am available to come out and train your staff.First viewing https://youtu.be/27OilSw3yK8   1.2KViewshttps://youtu.be/dfnW0Viq6m0There are 10 Modules created to introduce my Step By Step Reading Program. The reading crisis worsens with COVID. Not only dyslexic kids but many students are falling behind in reading. We are a nonprofit and I decided to make all the videos public with a prayer that you see the value and want to purchase my amazing curriculum! Please reach out to me at cintrondyslexiahelp.com or schedule a time to meet with me at meetmarianne.com. What happens after 50 hours? In this module, I talk about incorporating more OG strategies into tutoring. I show how you can combine more OG with my Step by Step Reading or you can take a deeper dive into OG. I have the ABCs of OG book available if you want to purchase it with other materials. I'll tell you how after Module 10. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a fourth term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Prisms of Brilliance: Closing the Achievement Gap and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.­­­­­ A Message of Hope: How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic ChildrenDyslexia – A Trait of Genius: Unlocking the Genius of Your Dyslexic Child's MindDr. Cintron has training videos for two levels of her Step By Step Reading. Both come with digital files for online tutoring and training as well as hard copies are sent in the USA.Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.comhttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/Amazon Store Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLNSocial Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/    Support the show

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 176- Teaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders – Video 2- Teaching the Letter O - The Science of Reading

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 16:44


 https://bit.ly/3K8UlDxOrder Kinder books here https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/#kinder-readinessTeaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders –  Video 3- Teaching the Letter G -  The Science of Reading Not for Dyslexic KiddosI wanted to share these amazing materials and show you how you use them. This video 2  of 24 videos to help introduce the workbooks Beginning to Read, Write and Listen by Pleasant Rowland. She sold this reading series and founded the American Girl doll (book and video series); however, I still found a copy at a yard sale that my own kids used in Kindergarten - 1995-1997. After ordering single copies from Amazon, I learned  I was able to purchase a full set. What are the differences? A glitter cover is now a glossy cover.  And the new version of the books contain instructions on the back cover! I've made these easy for you to order from the printer.  I use my own reading program for dyslexic kiddos and I train teachers in my program if you are interested.  I highly recommend these as tools for new teachers or parents who want to help kids at home. New teachers will fall in love with the multisensory approach teaching the Science of Reading! All universities should have these in their Teacher Credentialing Programs.Pop Ups SHORT - https://youtu.be/SA58D0_z4IY2 - O - https://youtu.be/rM7kQPR_cWsDr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a 4th term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Dyslexia Book Titles:Prisms of Brilliance:Dyslexia – A Trait of Genius:Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tubehttps://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Amazon Store Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLN Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/    Support the show

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 178 - Teaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders – Video 12 - Teaching the Letter H - The Science of Reading

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 23:24


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDxOrder Kinder books here https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/#kinder-readinessTeaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders –  Video 12- Teaching the Letter H -  The Science of Reading  (This is out of sequence so I could get this out for Halloween)Not for Dyslexic KiddosI wanted to share these amazing materials and show you how you use them. This video 12  of 24 videos to help introduce the workbooks Beginning to Read, Write and Listen by Pleasant Rowland. She sold this reading series and founded the American Girl doll (book and video series); however, I still found a copy at a yard sale that my own kids used in Kindergarten - 1995-1997. After ordering single copies from Amazon, I learned  I was able to purchase a full set. What are the differences? A glitter cover is now a glossy cover.  And the new version of the books contain instructions on the back cover! I've made these easy for you to order from the printer.  I use my own reading program for dyslexic kiddos and I train teachers in my program if you are interested.  I highly recommend these as tools for new teachers or parents who want to help kids at home. New teachers will fall in love with the multisensory approach teaching the Science of Reading! All universities should have these in their Teacher Credentialing Programs.Pop Ups SHORT - https://youtu.be/SA58D0_z4IYhttps://youtu.be/6oKgAgJUEh0Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a 4th term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Dyslexia Book Titles:Prisms of Brilliance:Dyslexia – A Trait of Genius:Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing YouTube https://bit.ly/3qXAbo7YouTube Link to Dyslexia Solutions   https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Amazon Store Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLN Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Support the show

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin
Political Powerhouses Katie Porter and Lorena Gonzalez

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 54:53


Every other week this fall, we're airing some of Alec's favorite episodes from our archives. This week, we feature two powerhouses of the political world: Katie Porter and Lorena Gonzalez in conversations from 2021. Democrat Lorena Gonzalez served in the California State Assembly from 2013 to 2022, representing her hometown of San Diego in the 80th Assembly District. The Stanford, Georgetown, and UCLA Law School graduate dedicated her career to labor organizing before taking office, where she fought for paid sick leave, overtime for farmworkers, and protecting janitorial workers against sexual assault. Today, Gonzalez continues to work for union causes as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation. U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45) was the first Democrat ever to be elected in the traditionally conservative Orange County district in 2018. Prompted to run by Trump's 2016 win, Porter, a Yale and Harvard Law School graduate and single mom to three school-age children, quickly made a name for herself with her tough questioning of CEOs and administration officials, often using a whiteboard to lay out the facts. Porter, now in her second term, brings her experience as a law professor and consumer protection attorney to bear as she fights to end political corruption, increase government transparency, and hold leaders of both parties accountable.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 173 - Dyslexic Design Engineer Working on High-Performance Cars - Interview with Matthew Head

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 29:16


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDx https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Dyslexic Design Engineer Working on High-Performance Cars - Interview with Matthew HeadMatthew has been a lifelong dyslexic having been diagnosed at 6 years old. Feeling burnt out by the end of college he left with a BTEC national diploma in engineering and took up a job as an HGV technician, working for Volvo and Mercedes-Benz trucks until his mid 20's. Where he left full-time employment to study a fast-track MEng at Robert Gordon University, "If you had asked the 19-year-old me who left college whether the 31-year-old me would have graduated with a Master's Degree, I would have laughed, I can't spell, so how the hell am I going to study a university education; that's for clever people."He set up a website Dyslexia Life Hacks (https://dyslexialifehacks.com) which is a collection of hacks tips and tricks he has gathered over the years, to assist fellow dyslexics in their day-to-day lives at home and at work. In recent years Matt has worked as a senior vehicle design engineer designing race cars and other high-performance cars to FIA standards including reverse engineering a 1960's Le Mans car from images and scan data, then moving on to designing the last generation of electric vehicles for a technology start-up.Hope you check out his website here:  https://dyslexialifehacks.com/https://youtu.be/aTcRaEKTveg~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a fourth term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  She hosts three You Tube Channels, three Podcast Channels and has hosted educational webinars over the past two years. She is a speaker and author of seven books.  Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tubehttps://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLNLinked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/#Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/    Support the show

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 174 - Why Puzzles are so Good for Kids Learning - What Are the Benefits of Puzzles?

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 21:50


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDx Why Puzzles are so Good for Kids Learning -  What Are the Benefits of Puzzles?Puzzles are fun, colorful, and educational! They enhance and promote cooperative play. Many parents don't know how to play with their kids, use puzzles and other educational toys. Did you know you can build your child's vocabulary by playing puzzles with them? And of course they love to play with you too! Learning to read starts early, in preschool and kindergarten. It begins with play! Enjoy this video! I explain different puzzles, how to use them with the Science of Reading! They have tremendous educational benefits developing visual memory, motor memory, vocabulary, and early writing patterns.I use my own reading program for dyslexic students and I train teachers in my program if you are interested. I use these puzzles with my mod severe students in a home hospital setting.  https://youtu.be/pc5XjDaixuI~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a 4th term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  Dyslexia Solutions: Dr. Cintron has 174 YouTube and Podcasts where she interviews dyslexic adults and adults with dyslexic children. She also provides Orton Gillingham training in these videos and podcasts. Her Podcasts have over 7000 downloads in only 1-1/2 years. Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tubehttps://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Amazon Store Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLN Social Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/   Support the show

Spirit Filled Media
Finding Your Way - A Conversation with Kate Sanchez (Candidate for CA State Assembly)

Spirit Filled Media

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 31:58 Transcription Available


Ralph Linzmeier and Mark Prather are successful business professionals, members of the Catholic CEO group Legatus, generous donors to Catholic schools and charities and committed Catholics. Their show is dedicated to sharing the testimonies of those serving God in big and small ways, and helping listeners walk in the footsteps of Christ.  In this episode, they talk with California State Assembly candidate Kate Sanchez.  Among their topics of discussion is Proposition 1, which will modify the state constitution to declare there is a right to abortion.Finding Your Way airs live weekdays at 1pm Pacific Time go to spiritfilledevents.com website or download our Spirit Filled Radio App for Android or Apple Devices.Archives of shows from Spirit Filled Radio are available on podcast at spiritfilledevents.com

KQED’s Forum
State Assembymembers Launch Renters' Caucus to Advocate for Tenant Rights

KQED’s Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 55:33


Nearly 44% of Californians rent their homes, but the vast majority of state legislators don't. In the state assembly, only three out of 80 members are solely renters: Matt Haney, D-San Francisco; Isaac Bryan, D-Los Angeles; and Alex Lee, D-San Jose. The lawmakers say the imbalance between assembly members who are renters and those who are homeowners leads to fewer laws that address tenant needs. We'll talk to Haney, Lee and Bryan about a caucus they are launching in the state assembly to advocate for tenants' rights amid California's ongoing housing crisis. Guests: Matt Haney, member, California State Assembly - represents the eastern portion of San Francisco. Isaac Bryan, member, California State Assembly - he represents much of South Central Los Angeles. Alex Lee, member, California State Assembly - he represents Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, Newark and a small portion of western San Jose. He is the youngest state Asian American, first openly bisexual, and first Gen Z legislator state legislator in California history.

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 172 - Teaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders – Video 1- Teaching the Letter C The Science of Reading

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 24:40


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDx Order Kinder books here https://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/#kinder-readinessTeaching Reading to Kinders and First Graders –  Video 1- Teaching the Letter C The Science of Reading View the video here:  https://youtu.be/aMsuAjJ8ipkI wanted to share these amazing materials and show you how you use them. This video begins a series of 24 videos to help introduce the workbooks Beginning to Read, Write and Listen by Pleasant Rowland. She sold this reading series and founded the American Girl doll (book and video series); however, I still found a copy at a yard sale that my own kids used in Kindergarten - 1995-1997. After ordering single copies from Amazon, I learned  I was able to purchase a full set. What are the differences? A glitter cover is now a glossy cover.  And the new version of the books contain instructions on the back cover! I've made these easy for you to order from the printer. I get nothing from the sale. Just want to help our new teachers, parents, and early readers LOVE Reading!I use my own reading program for dyslexic kiddos and I train teachers in my program if you are interested. I use these with my mod severe kiddos in a home hospital setting.  I highly recommend these as tools for new teachers or parents who want to help kids at home. New teachers will fall in love with the multisensory approach teaching the Science of Reading!All universities should have these in their Teacher Credentialing Programs.Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a second term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  She hosts three You Tube Channels, three Podcast Channels and has hosted educational webinars over the past two years. She is a speaker and author of seven books. 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com Landing Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tubehttps://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/ Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLLinked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/#Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Support the show

Feudal Future
America's Declining Education System

Feudal Future

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 40:14


On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by former state senator, Gloria Romero, on the state of US education.A forceful advocate for education reform and parental school choice, former California State Senator Gloria Romero (D-East Los Angeles) is the Founder/Executive Director of Scholarship Prep Charter School located in Santa Ana, CA. A TK-8th grade charter school, Scholarship Prep was established as a countywide-benefit charter school with a strategic focus on closing the achievement gap for high poverty and foster youth using Project-based learning.Prior to establishing Scholarship Prep Charter School, Romero was elected to the 24th Senate District in 2001, representing East Los Angeles and the greater San Gabriel Valley. Upon her election she was recognized as one of the hardest working members of the Legislature and quickly rose in leadership positions. She was elected by her peers to serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chair and as Senate Majority Leader the first woman to ever hold that leadership position in the history of the California State Senate. Prior to serving in the Senate, she held the post of Majority Whip in the California State Assembly from 1998-2000 and served on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees from 1995-1998 and the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission in 1998. Additionally, she held the post of California Director of Democrats for Education Reform, a political action committee dedicated to making reforms in the Democratic Party.BRAND NEW:From Chapman's Center of Demographics & Policy, Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky co-author the brand new report on restoring The California Dream.If you haven't downloaded the report, see it here: https://joelkotkin.com/report-restoring-the-california-dream/Visit Our Pagewww.TheFeudalFuturePodcast.comSupport Our WorkThe Center for Demographics and Policy focuses on research and analysis of global, national, and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. It involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center's senior staff.Students work with the Center's director and engage in research that will serve them well as they look to develop their careers in business, the social sciences, and the arts. Students also have access to our advisory board, which includes distinguished Chapman faculty and major demographic scholars from across the country and the world.For additional information, please contact Mahnaz Asghari, sponsored project analyst for the Office of Research, at (714) 744-7635 or asghari@chapman.edu.Follow us on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-feudal-future-podcast/Tweet thoughts: @joelkotkin, @mtoplansky, #FeudalFuture #BeyondFeudalismLearn more about Joel's book 'The Coming of Neo-Feudalism': https://amzn.to/3a1VV87Sign Up For News & Alerts: http://joelkotkin.com/#subscribeThis show is presented by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, which focuses on research and analysis of global, national and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time.

Color of Success
Writing History: Behind the Bill That Made Lunar Year a State Holiday

Color of Success

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 59:36


Join Assemblymember, Evan Low, Natassia Kwan, attorney, activist, and AAPI community advocate, and Justin Zhu, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Stand with Asian Americans (SwAA) as we talk about: The cultural significance of passing the bill (AP 2596) to make Lunar New Year a state holiday  The legislative process of authoring a bill and submitting it for consideration Their inspiration for working so hard on this bill and advocacy for AAPI communities Ways the government and community can help de-stigmatize mental health and increase access and utilization of services among individuals of AAPI descent Calls to action to  get involved in advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion To get involved Asian Justice Movement ==========================================Full bios: Evan Low has represented Silicon Valley residents in the California State Assembly since 2014. He first held elected office as a Councilmember for the City of Campbell, where he went on to make history in 2010 as the youngest openly LGBTQ+ mayor in the country. Assemblymember Low now serves as Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus. In 2015, he launched the California Legislative Technology & Innovation Caucus, whose members include a bi-partisan group of Assemblymembers and Senators. Assemblymember Low is also Vice Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. During his time as an elected official, Assemblymember Low has authored numerous laws that have increased government transparency, advanced equality, reformed the criminal justice system, helped small businesses, and encouraged job growth. He is a graduate of San Jose State University and Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. ====================================== Natassia Kwan is an attorney, activist, and AAPI community advocate.  Natassia was named a "Top 40 Young Lawyer" by the American Bar Association in 2018, and is a graduate of the ABA's Young Lawyer Leadership Program (4 lawyers selected nationally). As an attorney, Natassia has defended companies and municipalities in personal injury, class action, and commercial matters.  Natassia has litigated complex matters in state and federal courts, including multidistrict litigation, and has taken and defended numerous depositions of witnesses throughout the country.  Throughout Natassia's legal career, she has led important diversity initiatives, including serving as Chair of the California Minority Counsel Program's Ambassador Council in 2020.  While studying in London, Natassia served as a Parliamentary Researcher in the United Kingdom House of Commons, culminating in a presentation to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  Natassia performed at Carnegie Hall in 2006 with the ND Symphony, and was invited to speak at the University of Notre Dame Commencement mass in 2009, where the Commencement Address was given by President Barack Obama.  Natassia is also a mother, an immigrant, and has mentored dozens of young AAPI lawyers and nextgen leaders. ===================================== Justin Zhu is Co-Founder, Executive Director of Stand with Asian Americans (SwAA), the largest coalition of businesses, activists and non-profit leaders fighting for Asian American safety, justice and equity. SwAA was formed in the aftermath of the Atlanta Spa Shootings, with a full page WSJ letter, signed by 1000 Asian American leaders – including CEOs of Zoom, DoorDash, Alphabet – to #BreakTheSilence on anti-Asian racism pervasive in the streets, the workplace, and our institutions. Justin was formerly Co-Founder & CEO of Iterable, a marketing technology platform that powers communications to billions of people globally.

Brick by Brick | Arcade Church
#10 - Politics, Labels, and the Lord's Table: Why Lions are Greater than Donkeys and Elephants

Brick by Brick | Arcade Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 77:52


Our hosts, Beth Whitney and Cole Harper, are joined in this episode by Dan Dunmoyer to wrestle with allegiances of every shape and size, all while we long for a better, heavenly country. Dan Dunmoyer serves as the President and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, where he oversees all aspects of the association that represents homebuilders. Prior to joining the CBIA, Dunmoyer had various legislative caucus staff leadership and policy committee roles in the California State Assembly, starting as a fellow in the Jesse Unruh Fellowship program. He was president and CEO of the Personal Insurance Federation of California from 1996-2005. He served as deputy chief of staff and cabinet secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2006-2008, overseeing all state agencies for the governor. Most recently he served as senior vice president and head of government affairs for Zurich and Farmers Insurance companies. Dunmoyer is a member of the board of overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, chair of the advisory committee of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, member of the PPIC Water Advisory Board and a former board member for CalPERS. He was on the elder board at Arcade Church for 4 years in the 90's and has been back since 2018. He has attended Arcade since 1984 and is married, with three adult children. Dan's favorite verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” His favorite memory while at Arcade is meeting and marrying his wife. You can submit questions to info@arcadechurch.com.

Dyslexia Solutions
Episode 171 - Learning a Foreign Language if you are Dyslexic

Dyslexia Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 11:49


https://bit.ly/3K8UlDx Learning a Foreign Language if you are Dyslexic Do you know that your dyslexic child doesn't have to take a foreign language in Middle School? High school is different. When I taught Second Language Learners in middle school, they chose to take Spanish and improve their language.  Spanish has many similar roots to English and has a predictability factor and students may enjoy this, although it is still difficult. Students benefit from grammar rules which may help them learn English. Parents of autistic students had their students skip a foreign language, but students with an IEP can skip the foreign language in middle school.  Reach out to me today for my curriculum and for assessments!https://youtu.be/zyCqFOCjhPE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Marianne Cintron earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration. She founded a nonprofit, Step By Step Dyslexia Solutions in 2018 and started the affiliate Cintron Orton - Gillingham Reading Institute in August 2022.She has recently been invited to sit on the Board for FAB (Film Advisory Board) with President Michael Conley. She actively serves in a second term as board member for the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, Dr. Marianne earned several awards: Social Impact Award Finalist - Lady in Blue, Lifetime Legacy Award Nominee - National Women of Influence, 100 Women Global Award - CD Wilson Events, and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the County of Riverside.  She hosts three You Tube Channels, three Podcast Channels and has hosted educational webinars over the past two years. She is a speaker and author of seven books. Dyslexia Book Titles:Prisms of Brilliance: Closing the Achievement Gap and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.­­­­­ A Message of Hope: How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic ChildrenDyslexia – A Trait of Genius: Unlocking the Genius of Your Dyslexic Child's MindDr. Cintron has training videos for two levels of her Step By Step Reading. Both come with digital files for online tutoring and training as well as hard copies are sent in the USA.Dyslexia Solutions: Dr. Cintron has over 166 You Tube and Podcasts episodes where she interviews dyslexic adults and adults with dyslexic children. She also provides Orton Gillingham training in these videos and podcasts. Her Podcasts have over 7000 downloads in only 1-1/2 years.Connect with Dr. Cintron 626-629-3024 or mcintron@stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.comLanding Page for Scheduling and Subscribing You Tubehttps://bit.ly/3qXAbo7You Tube Link to Dyslexia Solutions  https://bit.ly/314YLGjPodcast - Link to Dyslexia Solutionshttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/podcast/Trait of Genius         https://amzn.to/33kVxCUPrisms of Brilliance  https://amzn.to/3uO4zDAA Message of Hope  https://amzn.to/3GI4wLNSocial Media – Linked In - https://bit.ly/3LsPRIchttps://www.facebook.com/mpcintronhttps://twitter.com/mpcintron16https://www.instagram.com/mpcintron/ #Dyslexia #Marianne Cintron #Studentswithdyslexiahttps://www.stepbystepdyslexiasolutions.com/Support the show

The Come Up
Zach Blume — President of Portal A on 2006 Web Videos, the Wheelhouse Investment, and Building with Your Best Friends

The Come Up

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 65:18


This interview features Zach Blume, Co-Founder and President of Portal A.  We discuss how he built a 360 monetization strategy for an early Internet video series, launching one of the first branded content studios with his childhood friends, creating one of the most well-known and longest-running digital formats in YouTube Rewind, how Portal A ended up selling a minority stake to Brett Montgomery's Wheelhouse, why feeling like outsiders is central to their identity, and what's up next for the Portal A team.Subscribe to our newsletter. We explore the intersection of media, technology, and commerce: sign-up linkLearn more about our market research and executive advisory: RockWater websiteFollow us on LinkedIn: RockWater LinkedInEmail us: tcupod@wearerockwater.comInterview TranscriptThe interview was lightly edited for clarity.Chris Erwin:Hi, I'm Chris Erwin. Welcome to the Come Up, a podcast that interviews entrepreneurs and leaders.Zach Blume:We built a business model around it that included merchandise, ad revenue share, ticketed events, and sponsorships. And so we actually ran that show at a profit, even though it was early internet video web series. And the idea was to build an entertainment property on the web that could become multi-season, could eventually travel to TV, which it did. It later became a TV series called White Collar Brawlers. It was super experimental, and I would say, looking back on a fairly innovative for three guys who had really no idea what we were doing and had no training in any of this, we built an entertainment property on the internet that was profitable.Chris Erwin:This week's episode featured Zach Blume, Co-Founder and President of Portal A. So Zach grew up in Berkeley and had a self-described normal suburban life of sports and friends. Zach then went to University of Oregon to study political science and pursued an early career running local political campaigns in California. But an opportune moment reunited Zach, with his two childhood friends to create one of the internet's earliest digital series White Collar Brawlers.After some unexpected success, the friend trio then became the founding team for Portal A, an award-winning digital and branded content company. Some highlights of our chat include his 360 monetization strategy for one of the earliest internet video brands, what it takes to co-found a successful company with your friends, how they landed a strategic investment from Wheelhouse, why feeling like an outsider is central to their identity, and how they're building towards the next massive creator opportunity. All right, let's get to it. Zach, thanks for being on the Come Up podcast.Zach Blume:It's a pleasure to be here.Chris Erwin:From our conversation yesterday, amazingly, I believe this is your first podcast interview ever. Is that right?Zach Blume:It's true. A lot of interviews over the years. Some predating the podcast era, some during the podcast era, but I'm honored to be invited onto yours. I've listened to a bunch of episodes, and we'll see how it goes.Chris Erwin:Awesome. All right, so as is typical, let's rewind a bit before we get into the whole Portal A story, although it actually starts pretty early on. So why don't you tell us about where you grew up and what your childhood was like?Zach Blume:Yeah, I grew up in Berkeley, California, the son of two die-hard New Yorkers who had moved out to California. My dad was born in the Bronx. My mom was from Manhattan. They were part of the New York exodus to California, and I was the first kid in my family who grew up in California and, of all places, Berkeley, childhood filled with lots of sports and playing in the street and all that good stuff. And the really interesting tie to the Portal A story, obviously, is that I met my two co-founders when we were somewhere between four and five years old. The stories differ, but we met in kindergarten, and we're close friends basically since we were little kids and played a lot of basketball together growing up. And the court that we played basketball in was called Portal A, which eventually became the name of our company 25 years later. The founder story of Portal A is very tied up in the childhood story of all for all three of us. I live in Oakland now, so I didn't stray too far from home.Chris Erwin:Got it. I remember in doing a little bit of research for this episode, I was trying to look up Portal A parks around the US, and I kept finding some in Orange County, so I thought you were an NorC kid, but No, you're a NorCal kid.Zach Blume:I mean, I think if there's an opposite of Orange County, it would probably be Berkeley.Chris Erwin:That's probably right.Zach Blume:But the court was actually an El Cerrito, which is an adjacent town to Berkeley, and it still exists. It's still around, and we should probably go play some hoops over there, but we haven't for years.Chris Erwin:Yeah, that'd be fun. So I have to ask, what did your parents do?Zach Blume:My dad has a business background. He runs and, up until actually six months ago, ran an investment advisory firm helping individuals manage their investments. It was a small company, five to six employees, just a great business, really community based, all about relationships and helping people manage their life and their money. And yeah, it's taught me a lot about business growing up, for sure.My mom was a therapist. She's retired now. She was a private practice in Berkeley. They've known each other since they were 20. They actually both went to the Wright Institute, which was a psychology graduate school in Berkeley. My dad was a psychologist briefly for about six months before he went back into business. And my mom was a therapist for 25 years. It was an interesting mix of business and psychology growing up, for sure.Chris Erwin:Got it. And were there any siblings?Zach Blume:No siblings? I'm the only one and-Chris Erwin:Oh, only child. Okay.Zach Blume:Yeah, interestingly, five of my closest friends, all groomsmen at my wedding, were from that same kindergarten class where I met Nate and Kai, my two co-founders. So there's definitely been a brotherly nature of those relationships. And at this point, I kind of consider Nate and Kai almost like brothers. We've known each other for 35 years, and we've been in business together for over 12 years, so it's pretty deep. Those relationships run pretty deep.Chris Erwin:Was there a part of you early on where you thought you might go into business and finance or become an investment manager like your father?Zach Blume:So there was also a lot of political kind of conversation and learning in my house. I remember from a very early age, my dad, when I was like eight, he would try to sit me down and read the Sunday Weekend Review in the New York Times. And it was like torture for me. But I think it got in there somewhere.In college, I actually studied political science and, for years, worked in the political world after I graduated from school. And I really thought that was my path, and it was for many years. I worked on campaigns. I started managing campaigns. I worked for political communication shop in San Francisco for years. I kind of burned out on the world of politics. I've since been re-engaged in a lot of different ways. But when I burned out on politics, that's when I thought I was going to go into business.I left the political world, was studying to go to business school, doing all the GMAT prep, and that's when Nate and Kai came to me and said, "We should make a web series together." Because I had a three-month gap, and it sounded so fun. We had made some stuff together just for fun earlier on. And so, while I was studying for the GMAT, I joined Nate and Kai to make this web series in the early days of internet video. And that's kind of the origin story of where we are today is that that web series, it was called White Collar Brawler. It was totally weird and crazy and awesome, and it started us on our journey to where we are today.Chris Erwin:Got it. So going back even a bit further, I'm just curious because you met your co-founders, Nate and Kai, back when you were in kindergarten, as you said, four to five years old, when you were in middle school, or when you in high school, were you guys part of the theater club? Were you creating any types of videos for your classes? There's something about meeting people early in your childhood, particularly in digital media, that I think blossoms into different relationships. So was there any kind of through line early on where you were interested in media entertainment before getting into PoliSci, which as part of your early career?Zach Blume:Yeah, I think there definitely was for Nate and Kai. There was less so for me. So Nate and Kai started making, maybe not in high school, but in their college years, they both went to school on the East Coast. This is like 2003, 2004, 2005. They started making internet, video, and web series when they were in college. And Kai was a film major, so he had some training, and they started just playing a lot of comedic stuff earliest day pre-YouTube, so quick time player-type stuff.So yeah, high school, I'm not so sure college for sure for them, at least it started building. And then, right after college, the three of us, plus another friend, grabbed a flight to Hanoi, bought motorcycles in Vietnam, and traveled across the country, and we made a web series called Huge In Asia.So it was like a 30-episode comedy travel web series, kind of just chronicling our journey across Vietnam. And then, they went on, I had to come back to the States for some work, but they went on to Mongolia, China, Laos, all sorts of different countries across Asia. That's where it really started for us the idea that you could not be in the formal, either entertainment industry or advertising industry. You could buy a pretty shitty camera, have an idea, start producing content and build an audience. And that was 2006. So the interest in internet video as a medium really started there.Then we all went our separate ways, and all did kind of normal early career professional stuff, but that Huge in Asia as an idea and an adventure was really the starting point for us. So yeah, so I would say the interest in video and film and just the distribution of it online started college years, and then the year after, we went to Asia.Chris Erwin:Got it. So just to add some context here, because I think YouTube was founded around 2004, and then it was bought by Google around '05, '06 pretty shortly after founding. So when you're coming out of college, I think this is around a 2006 timeframe, as you noted, when you guys decided to go to Asia and to do this motorcycle tour, was there a goal of, "Hey, there's an explosion in internet video, we have a chance to build an audience and make money off of this?" Or was it just, "Hey, this seems like a really fun thing to do. We're just coming out of college, we're kind of this in this exploratory phase, we like spending time with one another, let's go do this and see what happens." When you were thinking from the beginning, what was the end goal of that project?Zach Blume:Much more the latter. I mean, it was purely experimental. It was all about the adventure. I think there was a sense that we were at the dawn of something new, and I think that YouTube, Vimeo, I mean all the other platforms in the investment of history at this point, but there was an explosion of internet video technology that was enabling people like us to start making stuff. So I think there was like a sense that something was happening. It definitely was not a money-making endeavor. In fact, it was the opposite. And it was really just to experiment and play and see where it took us.Looking back on it, 15 years later, 18 years later, whatever it is, I think it's 100% served its purpose. We got our feet wet. We started experimenting. We started learning what worked, what didn't work, what audiences responded to, what made us happy. It kind of gelled our relationship as young adults versus as kids. And we never would've known at the time, but it did 100% lead to Portal A, and that's to where we are now.Chris Erwin:Okay, yeah, I hear you. I think, looking back in retrospect, it was definitely a catalyst to the forming of Portal A and where you got to where you are today, but it wasn't because when you came back from that trip, it wasn't like, "Oh, let's found Portal A and let's get going." You actually entered into the political realm for two to three years before founding Portal A, right?Zach Blume:Yep. That was always my plan, and that was the career I was going to pursue for sure.Chris Erwin:So, but the seed had been planted, but yeah, in '06, for the next two years, you become a political campaign manager. What campaigns were you working on?Zach Blume:First campaign was a Congressional campaign in Southern California. That was actually my first job out of college. We got trounced by 22 points in a very heavily Republican district by Mary Bono, who was Sonny Bono's widow. We had a candidate that we really liked, and it was the 2006 election, so it was kind of the midway point or the later stages of, I guess, Bush's first term. And there was a ground swell of just whenever there's a presidential election, two years later, the other party is the one that's like kind of getting their grassroots organizing on.So it was definitely an exciting time. It was an exciting election year. I happened to work on a campaign that was in a... It was Palm Springs. It was like that area, heavily Republican area, but I learned so much, and I was running a third of the district, and I loved it. I loved organizing. I felt like I was on the right side of history and doing the right thing.That then led to this fellowship that I did called The Coro Fellowship. I met one of my best friends on the campaign who had done the Coro Fellowship, and it was a year-long fellowship in political and public affairs. Everybody listening to this podcast will never have heard of Coro, but in the political and policy world, it's well-known and well-regarded, and that was a great experience. I got exposure across a bunch of different sectors, including government, labor unions, business, nonprofits, et cetera.Out of that, I started managing a campaign for the California State Assembly in Richmond, California, with a candidate, Tony Thurmond, who is now the Superintendent of Public Education in California. So he's gone on to do pretty big things. He's an amazing guy.And that led me to work at Storefront Political Media, which was a political media and communication shop in San Francisco that, at the time, ran all of Gavin Newsom's campaigns. He was then the mayor of San Francisco, obviously, is now the governor of California.I ran the mayor's race in Houston, of all places, elected Annise Parker, who was the first lesbian mayor of a major American city. And she was a fantastic executive out in Houston and then had a bunch of different clients, including firefighters unions, individual candidates. Ultimately, I was working for a client that was leading initiatives that didn't necessarily align with my own political values. And that was part of what led me to say I was ready to move on from the world of politics. So it was a fantastic experience, I learned so much, but that's what kind of prompted me to want to go to business school, which is what I was going to do until Nate and Kai came along and said, "Let's make a web series."Chris Erwin:Yeah. When you were working on these political campaigns and also working with Storefront Political Media, which is a national communication media and PR firm, were you bringing some of your grassroots internet video tactics to help build community, to help build influence and sway some of these elections? Was that part of kind of some of the unique flavor that you brought to these teams?Zach Blume:For sure, I was definitely the internet guy at that shop. I mean, there were a couple of us, there was a couple of coworkers who were of my generation. This was just when kind of Facebook was becoming a powerful tool for communications pre-Instagram, pre all those other platforms we're familiar with now. I definitely brought my expertise in video and the distribution of content online to that work. It was an interesting time politically. It was just at the advent of the internet as a powerful communications tool for campaigns.Chris Erwin:So then you're considering going to business school, you take the GMAT.Zach Blume:I got halfway through the class, and White Collar Brawler, that series, came calling. It was all-consuming. It was so fun. And we produced the hell out of that show, and it got a lot of notoriety. We got a big write-up in the New York Times, like big-Chris Erwin:Give us the context for White Collar Brawler again. What exactly was that project, and what were you supporting?Zach Blume:The log line was basically what happens when you take office workers whose muscles have become dilapidated by sitting in front of a computer all day long and train them to become amateur boxers. It just so happened that the two White Collar workers that were the stars of the show were Nate and Kai. So it was very, kind of like meta, we were the creators, and Nate and Kai were also the stars.The experimental part of it was shooting and producing the series in real-time. So there was an experiential element to the show, meaning as Nate and Kai were training to become boxers, fans of the show could actually come out and train with them, run on the beach in San Francisco or go to a training session with a boxing coach. We had events happening throughout the course of the show. It eventually culminated in an actual fight, a licensed fight in Berkeley between Nate and Kai for the Crown. And we had, I think, 1500 people showed up to that site and paid tickets-Chris Erwin:Was it boxing, mixed martial arts? What was the actual thoughts?Zach Blume:No, just old-school boxing.Chris Erwin:Okay.Zach Blume:It was the real deal. And-Chris Erwin:I may have missed this in the beginning. Who funded this? What was the purpose of it?Zach Blume:It was partially self-funded. It was partially funded by a friend of ours who had sold, in the early internet days, had sold his tech company to Google in one of the early Google acquisitions. So he just privately financed, I mean, we're not talking about big dollars here, and we built a business model around it that included merchandise, ad revenue share, events, ticketed events, and sponsorships, which I was in charge of in addition to other things.And so we actually ran that show at a profit, even though it was just an early internet video web series. It was actually a profitable property, and the idea was to build an entertainment property on the web that could become multi-season, could eventually travel to TV, which it did. It later became a TV series called White Collar Brawlers. And so it was actually super experimental, and I would say, looking back on it, fairly innovative in terms of for three guys who had really no idea what we were doing and had no training in any of this, we built an entertainment property on the internet that was profitable.Back to the question, I mean, that's what distracted me from going to business school because I felt like, first of all, I was learning so much, I was having so much fun creating content with two friends, and you just had a feeling that we were onto something and we didn't know what that thing was. We thought we were going to be an original entertainment company that would just make shows like White Collar Brawler, but we knew there was something. We knew there was a lot of activity and interest in this space. And so that took up all my attention and then took up my attention for the next 12 years.Chris Erwin:I will say from personal experience it saved you a couple of hundred thousand dollars and a lot of agony of actually taking that test.Zach Blume:Right, exactly.Chris Erwin:And being two years out of the workforce, speaking from personal experience.Zach Blume:Right. I know, I know.Chris Erwin:So, okay. And look, this is interesting to think about how you guys, as a founding team, were gelling and coming together. When you guys started talking, "Let's do this White Collar Brawler show as a team," what was your specific role, Zach? What was it like? What are you going to focus on?Zach Blume:Yeah, I mean, it actually reflects the role that I now play and ended up playing when we turned White Collar Brawler into a business. So Nate and Kai are more on the creative side, the creative and production side, both had experience. They had both actually before me had left their kind of "normal jobs," moved to LA, and started making internet video with a vision for again, "We don't know what it is, but there's something going on here, and we want to be a part of it."They had background as almost as creators themselves and also some training, actually with the physical act of production. So Nate and Kai were always much more on the creative side and the production side. And then my role was kind of capital B business. I was responsible for sponsorships. I was responsible for the operations of the show. I was responsible for where we were going to have office space, all that type of stuff. Basically the business side of creativity, and that's the same today. I mean, it's kind of like, it was just a foreshadow of the roles that we ended up playing as we were growing Portal A. And we've always had a super clear and complementary division of labor.I would say when looking for business partners, I think that might be, I mean, your rapport and your ability to communicate is lots of things are really important, but making sure that each person, each principal has a clear role and that they actually like that role and can succeed in that role is I think one of the keys to business success. So we've always had very clear roles. We've always liked our roles and felt like we belonged where we were. That's how it started with White Collar Brawler.Chris Erwin:That's awesome. Yeah, I have to give you some real kudos because you take very early on in your career, and in the digital entertainment ecosystem, you take an IP concept, and you create a diversified, sustainable business model around it where you have revenue coming in from advertising, sponsorships, merch, ticket sales, that's what many different IP properties want to figure out today. And many struggle to do that.Zach Blume:The only we could've described it back then as well as you described it now, but yes, that's basically what it was.Chris Erwin:Yeah, you look around at one another, you have this culmination in a ticketed event where there's over 1500 people pay to see the fight between Nate and Kai. And so you guys look around at one another and say, "Hey, we got something here." Is the next step? Let's found a business, call it Portal A and start doing this at scale. Or did it kind of just naturally happen, saying, "All right, let's find the next project and see where it goes from there."Zach Blume:It was much more, again, the latter. I mean, we did know that there was something brewing; I gave ourselves, at the very least credit for that. Did not have a business model. We did not have a plan. We had a kind of a concept and an idea and a good partnership. And I think that was really important too, is just how well we worked together.When we came out of White Collar Brawler, we had this idea credit to Kai. I believe we really wanted to do a show about whiskey, that that was going to be our next piece of IP that we wanted to develop and the concept behind the show, again because we didn't want, we were just going to be doing original series built for internet video was basically a distillery tour type show, but with a twist where there would be a membership model involved. And for anybody who was in a... 99% of viewers would just watch the show for the entertainment value, any type of good travel show that built that type of audience. But 1% of viewers would subscribe to the show and get a drum of whiskey. For each distillery that we were visiting as part of the show, they would actually get samples in the mail, and it would be kind of a whiskey of the month model married to an entertainment property.And we were coming out of White Collar Brawlers, we were visiting distilleries, getting drunk, trying to figure out this model. And we were super hyped on it. We thought it was a really interesting way to monetize internet video through subscriptions. And we even got into the logistics of shipping, and we were really going down that path, and in the meantime, we were broke, we were like 25 years old and-Chris Erwin:That was my next question. How are you funding all of this?Zach Blume:Well, we paid ourselves an extremely nominal salary. I would call it a stipend when we were making White Collar Brawler enough to survive. And then, coming out of that, we were trying to do our whiskey show, but that stipend went away. So we were without income, really. I mean, I remember going to Bank of America at some point, and there was so little... This is one of our funny stories that we tell each other. I remember this parking lot moment where the three of us had gone to Bank of America, where we had this White Collar Brawler account, or maybe it's a Portal A account. I'm not sure. And there was, I think, less than $1000 in there, and it was one of those like, oh, shit-type moments, and I remember going out to the parking lot and being like to Nate and Kai because I was always kind of the rah-rah guy of the three of us. And just, I remember basically having to give a motivational speech about that we were going to be okay, that this is going to be okay, despite the fact that we had absolutely zero money in the bank.That was where we were at that point. We were trying to figure out this whiskey idea, and then all of a sudden, because of the popularity of White Collar Brawler and some big YouTube videos we had made to promote the series, we started getting some inbound interest from brands. And that was never in the plan. We would think about sponsorships on our original series from brands, but never creative service worked directly to brands, and our first phone call was-Chris Erwin:Explain that difference for the listeners. I think that's a good nuance.Zach Blume:Yeah, I mean, if there was a business model, the business model we were considering was building properties like White Collar Brawler that could be sponsored by, in the best-case scenario, Nike or by Everlast, the boxing company, or by Gatorade or that's who we were pursuing for what-Chris Erwin:So think of title cards and brought to you by et cetera.Zach Blume:Exactly. Or like sponsoring events or merchandise or all that type of stuff. And we had some success, not from the big brands, but we had some success on White Collar Brawler with sponsorships from more regional brands, or like there were some beer companies and some smaller merchandising startups that were part of the sponsorship mix.I will say that we sent out about 500 to 1000 sponsorship emails and got about five sponsors. So we worked hard at it. And so that was the model we were going to pursue even for something like the whiskey show. We were going to look for sponsors and brand sponsors in that way. We never thought we were going to build a creative services company, meaning brands, an advertising company effectively, like brands hiring us as a service provider to create content. That was never, ever something we thought about.We started getting these phone calls. I remember being in a car one time, and I got this random call from a number I did not know, and it turned out to be a marketing manager at the Gap. Her name was Sue Kwon. Shout out, Sue Kwon, if you're out there. She was our first real client after White Collar Brawler. And we started making videos for the Gap, as kind of like a little agency production company.Then we got some more calls. There was a Tequila company that wanted us to make a web series called Tres Agaves Tequila. They wanted us to make a web series shot in Mexico about the origins of Tequila. Then we got a call from Jawbone, which was a hot Bluetooth speaker company at the time-based in the Bay Area. They wanted us to make a music video featuring a bunch of early YouTube influencers or creators.So we started getting these, we called them gigs at the time because literally all we were trying to do is pay our rent and so we could make the whiskey shows. We were just trying to get a little bit of income coming in so we could actually go out and make our dream whiskey show. And there were fun projects, and we weren't making advertising. We were making content, and that was a big difference for us. We weren't making pre-roll ads or 30-second ads. We were making web series for brands and music videos for brands and all that type of stuff. And without knowing it, we kind of stumbled across an area that was in high demand, which was brands trying to figure out what to do on platforms like YouTube and social media with video. We had established ourselves as understanding that world.So that's the origin of our branded content business which became the core of our business for many, many years was just one-off phone calls, unexpected phone calls, taking projects as gigs to pay the bills, and just kind of doing our best and seeing where it led.Chris Erwin:Hey listeners, this is Chris Erwin, your host of the Come Up. I have a quick ask for you if you dig what we're putting down. If you like the show, if you like our guests, it would really mean a lot if you can give us a rating wherever you listen to our show, it helps other people discover our work, and it also really supports what we do here. All right, that's it, everybody. Let's get back to the interview.What was the moment where you felt it evolved from, "Hey, it's the three of us rotating between gigs, hiring freelancers as need be, to what became a business, which is called a systematized and efficient way to deliver consistent quality around a good or service."Zach Blume:I think the first year was the gig model. It was just a patchwork of projects in order to generate some form of income. The second year it started to feel real. There started to be a fairly steady flow of inbound interests, and then a kind of something we be started to become known for a type of content. It was kind of humorous, entertaining, felt like it was native to the internet and to YouTube.I think in that second year was when it started to feel like a business, and then some light clicked for me that we actually needed to do some business planning and thinking, and I had no idea what I was doing. I mean zero, negative. Negative idea what I was doing. But I had grown up where my dad was a small business owner, so I had some exposure, but I just remember being it was just like a vast sea of unknown principles and requirements that I had to navigate.Chris Erwin:How did you figure that out? Did you put together an advisory board? Did you call your dad? Were you calling some other friends in business?Zach Blume:One of our earliest advisors was not a business advisor. He was our sensei in some forms in the earliest days. And this is another shout-out to Steve Wolf, who you may know, who was on the executive team of Blip, which was one of those many early internet video platforms. He really helped us understand the space.We did not have a formal advisory board. We did not have a board. And it was truly trial and error. That's the best way I can describe it. It was just using our brains and figuring things out through mistakes and successes. It is a total blur looking back on it, but I think we were a good partnership. We had our heads screwed on straight, and we kind of learned how to operate.Chris Erwin:Another important part, too, is, like you said, when you all looked at your bank account, and everyone's face went white, but you were the rah-rah guy, which is like, "Hey, guys, we're going to figure this out. Where there's a will, there's a way." And I think that's a very important role. Shout to Steve Wolf. He was one of the execs that oversaw the AwesomenessTV network when I was there in 2014, 2015 timeframe. Super sharp guy, OG in the digital space. So not surprised to hear that he was a valuable advisor to you.All right, so then I think there's another pretty big moment where your business takes an even bigger step up. And I think this has to do with becoming the official partner for the YouTube Rewind project. The moment where you felt, "Okay, we're really onto something here."Zach Blume:Yeah, it was coincidental. We were introduced to somebody at YouTube in 2011 as a three-person team that was making internet video content and mostly on YouTube. And Rewind was just a twinkle of an idea. I mean, it was like there was a minor budget. It was basically a countdown of the top videos of the year. The budget was, I think, $20,000 in the first year to make Rewind. And we shot it in a small studio location. It was one of our earliest projects, and it was before Rewind became Rewind, the big thing that many of us are familiar with. It was a major validator for us to start working with YouTube directly as a client. And Rewind eventually became a project that defined our growth for many, many years to come. But it started very, very small.Chris Erwin:From that project. You've been around for now for 12 years, being founded around 2010. What did the growth in scaling part of your business looks like? With YouTube Rewind and other marquee projects, you're starting to get a sense of what are we actually building towards. Was there a point of view there or like, "Hey, we have inbound interests, we're working with brands and advertisers," all of a sudden we're working with publishers, and were you just kind of being more reactive or was it a mix of being reactive and proactive?Zach Blume:The best analogy I can draw is to kind of riding a wave. This may resonate with you, but I don't think we knew what was around the next corner or what the next thing was going to look like. We were just building momentum in those early years and taking each project as it came. We knew we had something. We knew we had a good partnership. We knew we were starting to bring some really interesting, smart people to the team, clients that were really willing to push some boundaries. And I was learning as I went along how to run a business, and Kai was learning, and Nate was learning how to create amazing content, and there was not a lot of foresight. It was mostly about riding a wave and seeing where the wave took us. Then doing a really good job. That was really important because every project, the success or not success for the project kind of dictated what the next chapter was going to look like.So we just focused on trying to build some good fundamentals for the business, trying to make sure we were profitable because we had to be and just making work that we were proud of. That's the extent of our planning, I think, was just what did the next three months look like and how do we keep riding this wave?Chris Erwin:Yeah, and that's something I think worth emphasizing for the listeners where it's, so often people will say you have to be super strategic in planning every single move and where is their white space and how are you going to beat out your competitors to get it? But I think when you are building a small business, and this is something that I reeducate myself on consistently with RockWater, it's really about the basics, which is know your core service offering and nail it and delight clients, from there, that's really the core foundation from where you grow and where other things can emerge. And I think that's a testament to really what you guys have done for well over a decade is you know your lane, and you operate so effectively within it that is now, over the past few years, created some other really exciting opportunities for you, your success in your lane led to the investment by Wheelhouse a couple of years back. So how did that come to be? Because I think that's a pretty big moment for the company.Zach Blume:That fast-forward a bit over years of misery and happiness and everything in between. We threw ourselves entirely into growing Portal A for the bulk of our 20s. It was all-encompassing, tons of sacrifices that were made to other parts of our lives, which I'm okay with looking back. I do think that 20s are a good time to throw yourself and just be completely focused and passionate about something like this. And we built that branded business. We diversified the type of clients we were working with. Projects got bigger and bigger, Rewind got bigger, and all the rest of our projects got bigger.Starting around 2016, we wanted very badly to return to the original thesis of Portal A, which was creating an original entertainment properties for the web. That's where it all started. And we had spent so many years working with brands, and it was fantastic, and it was a good business, and we got to make really cool stuff. But we had this hunger to return to the kind of to our entertainment roots in some ways. And we're not talking at that point about TV shows on broadcast, but about entertainment that was built for internet consumption.So we started taking steps back in that direction. As we were continuing to grow the branded business and expand in that area, we were committing ourselves to the original entertainment dream and started making shows horribly oversimplified what it took to actually start doing that again. But we started making shows again. We kept the branded business running and growing. And-Chris Erwin:When you started making shows, were you deficit-financing these yourself? So you were developing them internally and then taking them out as a slate to pitch and sell? Or were these being funded by other digital and streaming platforms that were going to put this content on their channels?Zach Blume:We were developing them internally, as a kind of a traditional development arm, and then taking them out to streaming and digital buyers. We were not doing the White Collar Brawler model, where we were building properties completely independently. So we did kind of slot in a little bit more into back into the entertainment ecosystem versus building our own properties, which that could be a whole separate conversation about the drawbacks and the benefits of that.So we were finding our way to making original series, again, we hired ahead of originals a guy named Evan Bregman, who's now at Rooster Teeth who's a good friend. And we started kind of trying to build that business again, and eventually, we started to feel like the branded business was running really well and growing year over year. We felt in order to take the next step forward on the entertainment side of our business. We needed a partner.So we had been a completely independent entire course of our trajectory. We were running a really good business at the time. It was very profitable, and the growth trajectory was really attractive, I think to outsiders. And so we started taking meetings with potential partners with the idea of strategically aligning ourselves to somebody who could level us up. We weren't looking for a sale. We were looking for truly a strategic partner.Chris Erwin:Were you running a formal process here where there was a mandate of, "We seek a strategic partner, we're going to take meetings over the next two months?" Or was it, "Hey, these relationships that we create in the industry, we got some inbounds, let's take these meetings with perhaps a little bit more intent than we would've a couple of years ago."Zach Blume:It was not a formal process in the sense that we had a banker or some advisor who was guiding us through it. But it was a process in that it was fairly intentional. Remember sitting down with Nate and Kai and listing out the players in the original entertainment world, whether that was individuals or production companies, mostly who we think would be good partners for us, and starting to navigate through our network to see who would be interested in talking. And the thing that I've found, especially in that period, which was 2017, '18 was when we were starting to have those conversations, it was a pretty hot period for digital media. I think there was a lot of consolidation going on. Our experience was once we started having a couple of those conversations, and people started to see our numbers and see the fact that we were running an actually profitable business that was growing year over year.It just like word got out, and it was a little bit of a domino. And so I just remember over the course of 2017, 2018, we took like 15 or 20 strategic meetings with potential strategic partners. Again, not running it through a banker or anything like that, but just kind of word of mouth. And it was a really interesting experience, and learned a lot about ourselves and about the space. And we just really clicked with Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson, who were, at the time they, had sold their TV production company to ITV and they were working at ITV at the time but starting to think about what their post-ITV move was going to be, which would eventually become Wheelhouse and just to immediate connection with both of them on a personal and kind of business level.To them, we looked like a really smart partner. They felt like a really smart partner to us. And that's how that started. And there were other conversations going on at the time, but Brent and Ed and eventually Wheelhouse always felt like the right fit for us.Chris Erwin:From that first meeting with Wheelhouse, did they indicate in the room, "Hey, we want to do a deal, we're going to make an offer," or did it take a while to get there?Zach Blume:Well, this story I always tell about Ed, who everybody should know, Ed Simpson, he's an amazing guy, is that within five minutes of our first meeting he asked us, "Are you Butellas?" And I was floored. I was like-Chris Erwin:Gets right to the point.Zach Blume:I was like, we just shook hands. We were just getting to know each other, but I think honestly it's a testament to directness, and I think that actually really helped was kind of just getting our cards on the table from early days. And I think from the beginning. It was clear that Ed and Brent were looking for their first partners. Brent is also like no BS. He knows what he wants, he goes out and gets it, and the intent for an investment, a partnership of some sort, was clear from the very beginning. The eventual process took very long.Chris Erwin:How long was that process?Zach Blume:I think the timeframe from offer letter or LOI to signed paperwork was about a year. But I think there was a six-month or eight-month, even maybe even a full-year courtship before that. So the whole process from first meeting with Ed, where he asked us what our EBITDA was after shaking his hand, to signing paperwork and then collapsing on the floor because we were so exhausted was maybe year and a half, two years.Chris Erwin:Yeah. It always takes longer than people expect.Zach Blume:Yeah. It's incredible. And there were multiple points where that deal almost fell completely apart. In fact, I was sure it was done. It was toast. And what I've learned from other founders that I've talked to that have done deals, whether it's a sale or a minority investment or some sort of strategic partnership like this, is every time there's a deal, it almost fails twice or three times or more.It's just in the nature of things when there's two negotiators that there's going to be some moments of staring into the abyss. And I actually haven't heard of a deal that hasn't had that. So I learned that, in retrospect, at the time, they were hugely existential moments because we had put so much time and energy, and money into making this happen and having the deal almost fell apart multiple times was, it was really intense.Chris Erwin:Yeah. After having been a part of many M&A and capital raising processes throughout my career before RockWater when I was a banker, and then also at Big Frame, where I hired my old investment bank to represent us in a sale to Awesomeness backed by DreamWorks. And then at RockWater now, there's so many variables. You have different business models, you have different team cultures, you have leadership, you have investors, and to align on, are we working towards the same mission? Do we want the same thing in the future? Do we want the same thing now when we integrate? Where are we complementary? Will we actually succeed combined, or there alternative ways to do this? And I think it really is a special thing. We read a lot of deal headlines in the trade, so everyone thinks like, "Oh, deals get done all the time, it's easy."For all those headlines of the success, there's many, many more instances where deals have fallen apart that we don't hear about. I think the best thing that you guys had, Zach, was your BATNA, your Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement, but also your leverage. You had a profitable independent business. It was you, Zach, and Kai as the founders. You were growing, and you were profitable, and you could sustain with a partner or without a partner. And essentially, that led to a great deal for you guys. So it's awesome to say.Zach Blume:Yeah, it's true. I mean, we were not trying to parachute at our business in any stretch. We weren't trying to sell to then do an arm out to then leave. We were trying to level up, and I agree it was our ability to walk was good leverage for us, but we really wanted to do it because we really had committed ourselves to making this type of strategic move. I think it's very different when you're trying to capitalize on a moment in exit versus when you're trying to make an actual partnership to take the next step up in a business. And we just weren't ready to, and we still aren't ready to sunset Portal A.This is becoming our life's work. We are committed. We are always kind of doubling down on our commitment. Sometimes I can't believe I've been doing this for 12 years. It's unbelievable. And I hope that we do it for many, many, many, many, many more years.Chris Erwin:You found your magnum opus in the first company that you founded pretty rare and pretty incredible, right?Zach Blume:Yeah. I mean it's amazing, but it also puts a lot of pressure on that to fulfill a lot of parts of your being and or your professional desires. When you're focused on one thing for so long, as opposed to a lot of entrepreneurs who kind of jump or leapfrog from one thing to the next. We've had to come to grips with the fact that this is our baby, and it's continuing to be our baby. And it's a long play. It's a long run.Chris Erwin:This is actually a good segue to think about how this business is fulfilling to you, kind of over the past couple of years, some key changes that you've made of, how you're rewarding some of your most prominent team members, elevating them to partner and then thinking about what you want to grow into. So let's get into that. I look at your business. In your 20s, it was kind of the freshman segment of Portal A really starting to become into a real business. Then in your 30s, it's kind of like the sophomore years where you're starting to scale up and start to realize some pretty incredible success. And now you've got this incredible foundation.So not to aid you in front of everyone, but I think you and the founding team are entering your 40s over the next year or two years or so, entering the junior and senior years of your business. And for you guys to continue to be excited and fulfilled, tell us about some of the recent moves that you've made at the company and then where you want to go. What does that look like?Zach Blume:It's a great question. I wonder what happens after the junior and senior year sets. We're definitely at a different life stage, just on a personal level, then we were when we were on the treadmill moving 100 miles per hour in our 20s and in the kind of like the first half of Portal A and the deal with Wheelhouse was definitely like a marker, or maybe it was the dividing line between the freshman and sophomore era as you put it.First of all, I mean the last couple of years have been crazy, the pandemic, the election in 2020, there's been a lot of volatility in the world over the last few years, but what we're trying to do in the face of that volatility and kind of coming out of the Wheelhouse partnership, which again marked a new chapter for us is, create A on the business side sustainability and kind of consistency. And we've been able to do that. I mean, we've been profitable, consistent from a numbers perspective for many years, but it definitely felt for many years, we were running on a treadmill trying to keep up.And over the last several years, we've been trying to do as we enter into new periods of our lives personally, as we bring other people into the business as partners is create a business that doesn't feel like you're about to gasp for air and collapse at the end of every year, but actually create something that's sustainable and supports other parts of our lives that are really important to us. Family, having kids, all that type of stuff.I think on the business side, it's like, and I think we've done this over the last several years, but how do we move from sprinting to running at a good pace and building something that feels sustainable over the course of the next chapter of our lives as our lives change. And that's been really important, and you mentioned this, but bringing, we brought four new partners into the business. Our head of production, our head of business operations, our managing director, and our head of talent partnerships all had been with us for five to seven years each. And we made them partners a couple of years ago.We've invested in our team in a way that we always try to take care of people, but we truly doubled down on that over the last several years so that people feel like they're working at a place that they can work at for many years and feel very taken care of and part of a community, et cetera.Chris Erwin:Quick question on partnership front. So when you elevate these individuals to partners, does that mean there's a compensation bump but is also a bigger voice at the table for bigger strategic decisions for the company? What is the value exchange for that?Zach Blume:They went from kind of executives to partners. I mean, they're always executives, and I think what a partnership means is they participate in the profitability of the company. They participate in an exit. If there is a future, another deal on the horizon, they would have a stake in that. And then they have visibility into all aspects of the business and a seat at the table for really important business decisions around the type of work we take on, the type of things we invest in, the vision that we lay out for the company, the priorities for the year or for the next few years, et cetera.So it's been incredible, and I think it was a big moment. It was always Nate, Kai, and I sitting in a room, staring at each other's faces and trying to figure things out. And to bring in Robyn, Emma, Elyse, and Brittani, they're all so incredibly smart and powerful in their own ways, and it's just made our decision-making much more thoughtful, multifaceted, strategic, and I think intelligent, that group of three became a group of seven. That's been a major milestone and moment for us.So that was a big part of things. And investing in our team and doubling down on the team's wellness and creating a pace of work that was sustainable, not working over Thanksgiving, all that type, taking long breaks, giving days, all sorts of steps we've taken over the last several years to make Portal A sustainable business entity over many years.So that's number one in terms of what this chapter looks like. And I think number two is we just want to make good shit. At the end of the day, when we put ourselves in the future and try to look back on what will feel most valuable about this whole experience, what we make because we are a creative company is at the top of the list. So investing in the quality of the work that we do, investing in projects that may not be the most profitable or they may even not be profitable at all, but that are important to us creatively experimenting in new content formats, longer form, feature-length type stuff, short film, all sorts of getting back to kind of our roots in some ways as experimental content producers and investing in the quality of the work that we're making either on the original side of the business or on the brand side of the business that has become kind of central to our whole vision and identity is just this relentless commitment to quality.Chris Erwin:I want to touch on that because when we were preparing for this interview, something that we spoke about was, yeah, your commitment to creative quality and craft. Sometimes that is undervalued, sometimes that feels like it's going against the grain, and like you said, Zach, maybe there's a near-term impact where these new IP concepts, they're not profitable immediately, but there's actually long-term value to it where adherence to that mission keeps the leadership and founding team galvanized and fulfilled. It also keeps your business exciting for new team members that you want to recruit, building towards future opportunity where there can be much more meaningful revenues to generate in the future.So that's hard to do when you face kind of the near-term headwinds of those decisions, but you got to be steadfast in that it's clearly worked for you guys for over 12 years, and I think that that's just an important reminder that this is a founding value of our company and that's what's going to continue to drive long term success for the next 10, 20 plus years.Zach Blume:Everything you just said, I would like you to come speak to our company, and we can all talk about it together. I mean, that's exactly where we are at. What we'll define the next five, 10, however many years of this adventure will be the quality of the work that we're making. I don't want to speak too soon, and I'm going to knock on wood, but I feel like we've cracked the code on how to run this business well and how to find good people, take care of our people, take care of ourselves, find our lane and operate really well in our lane. And what's going to define the next chapter is how good is the stuff we're making. Is it something we're proud of? And that's both from a kind of, almost like, a spiritual or existential level, but it does layer back to business because we believe what will differentiate us is the quality of the work that we're creating. And so it will lead to new opportunity and new horizons when we're making really good stuff.Chris Erwin:Last one or two questions before we get into rapid fire and we close out here is, are there any current projects that you're working on or things that you're thinking about that maybe are good signals to the listeners of the type of things that you're going to be doing more of going forward?Zach Blume:One really interesting one is completely different from a lot of the work that people may know us for, but my partner Nate is developing a feature documentary. We've done one feature-length documentary, we did it with YouTube original called State of Pride, all about the origins and the genesis of Pride festivals across the country. And it's a beautiful film called State of Pride. It's on YouTube. Nate did a really cool, together with Portal A, did a really cool 30-minute documentary in 2020 about the response from the Trump administration to the first year of COVID.So we've definitely played with longer-form documentary projects. This project is called Fault Lines, and it is a longer-formed feature documentary about housing in America and about the shortage of housing in America, which is driving up housing costs for everybody. Kind of like the deep backstory on where that all comes from.No brands associated with that project. It's going to be financed by foundations and private funders, but we're really excited about it, and it's that kind of getting back to telling interesting stories, experimenting with new formats. It's not going to be the core of our business for the next several years, but we are going to be investing in those types of projects where we can kind of make a name for ourselves in new spaces.And then, of course, we're doing all sorts of cool stuff with our brand partners like big, splashy campaigns that are coming out later this year that I shouldn't talk about yet, but doing a lot of work with Target and Google and we have long-standing partners at Lenovo, the computer maker and all sorts of cool branded stuff. We have original shows in the pipeline.So I think the business mix for us is branded content. Again, nothing that we make should ever feel like a commercial, and if it does, we've failed ourselves and our partners. So content that is made in partnership with brands feels like something you'd actually want to watch. That's one pillar. The second pillar is original series. We just released Level Up, which is a show on Snapchat starting Stephen Curry mentoring a new generation of athletes. So there's all sorts of series like that that we're working on.Then this new area, which is short films, documentary feature films that we're investing in as a loss leader, like truly a loss leader, but as a way to diversify the type of content we're making and invest in quality like I was just talking about.Chris Erwin:That's great. You guys are doing a lot. Last quick question before rapid fire, how would you succinctly describe how your leadership philosophy has evolved now, being, call it 12 years into the Portal A business?Zach Blume:When you're building something, especially for us, we started from zero. We didn't come from the space. We didn't have any relationships. It was completely homegrown and organic. When you're building something, it's like you're captaining a tiny little ship in very rocky waters, and it is survival in some ways. I mean, it's both like I'm just picturing someone on the deck of a little dinghy in the middle of the ocean, just like yelling and surviving and getting thrown all over the place, and you're just trying to survive and make it through the first few years. And I think that was in many ways what leadership, just getting through the choppy waters and trying to grow and survive, was what it looked like for many years in the early days of growing our company.I think now that we've made it through those choppy waters and kind of established ourselves and built something that has a foundation underneath it. I really focus on sustainability and vision. And so that means creating an environment where people can be fulfilled creatively in terms of the people that they work with in terms of the pace of the work, both for the team that works with us and also for us, for ourselves. So creating that kind of a rhythm that feels not like you're like a tiny boat in a gigantic ocean and just trying to survive, but that feels steady and sustainable and solid. So creating that kind of consistency and strength, and that's one side of it. And then, for many years, it was just eat what you killed. And that was so many years of growing the company.Now it's like, "Okay, who do we want to be and who are we and who do we want to be?" And I think I spend so much time thinking about that and then communicating that back to the team and then repeating it over and over and over and over again and giving people something that they can understand and hold onto and feel like they're working toward a common cause has become so much more important now than it was when we were just basically in survival mode. So I think, yeah, sustainability and vision have become the most important pieces.Chris Erwin:I love that. Very well said, Zach. All right, so last segment from me giving you a bit of kudos at the end of this interview. Look, a lot of the people that I interview on the show, I've known for years, if not decades or more. I've actually interviewed people that I've known for over 30 years on this show. I've really only gotten to know you over the past. I think like two to three months through a handful of conversations. But I will say some of the kudos is it feels like I've known you a lot longer than that. I think we have a really shared sensibility, and I think that that's a testament to in this space.What I really like about being at the intersection of digital and entertainment is that there's just some really good people in it. And I think that's not the same from a lot of other industries that I've worked in. And I think you really embody that spirit. I think you really care about your people. I think you really care about your clients and your team and your partners, and that's really valuable. And I can even sense that in what the audience isn't hearing in between these segments is I really just love that note, how you are like the rah-rah spirit for your team. You've even been that for me, talking me up about me as a podcast host and supporting our content work where I'm going through a bit of my own existential crisis with RockWater on, I can feel that very positive energy from you, and I think that makes you a very, very, very compelling leader.Lastly, just to reiterate one of the points I made earlier, you have this extreme focus on your core service and product and on your team and doing right by your client partners. And I think that is actually shows incredible strategic focus and vision versus some really complex framework for how Portal A is going to take over the entire digital entertainment ecosystem with 10 different business models. You guys have nailed your core, and it's given you so much opportunity for what I define as the very exciting junior and senior years that are going to come for you. So massive kudos to you and the team for what you've built exemplary, and I look forward to many more conversations in the future.Zach Blume:Thank you. It feels like you understand us, and I really appreciate that. So thank you for that.Chris Erwin:For sure. Easy to do. All right, so to the rapid-fire, I'm going to ask six questions and the rules or as follows, you'll provide short answers. Maybe just one sentence, maybe just one to two words. Do you understand the rules, Zach?Zach Blume:Yes, I do.Chris Erwin:Okay, cool. All right, first one, proudest life moment.Zach Blume:Birth of my daughter.Chris Erwin:What do you want to do less of in 2022?Zach Blume:Worrying about the state of our union?Chris Erwin:Okay, what do you want to do more of?Zach Blume:Making work that we are proud of and stands the test of time.Chris Erwin:One to two things drive your success?Zach Blume:Focus and commitment, and loyalty.Chris Erwin:Okay, last three here. Advice for media execs going into the second half of this year and 2023.Zach Blume:Brace yourselves. I mean, I don't want to fear monger or create an atmosphere of angst or anxiety, but I definitely can see that there are headwinds ahead and many of us have been through these periods before, and we can make it through, but it's definitely a time to focus on fundamentals and be aware of your costs and brace yourselves for what could be a choppy period.Chris Erwin:Yeah, well said. Any future startup ambitions?Zach Blume:Not beyond what we're doing. I mean, if there's ever sunset to Portal A, I would love to get involved again in the political world. And we've done a lot of political work over the years through Portal A but at the moment, continuing to double down on what we're building.Chris Erwin:Got it. The easy final one for you. How can people get in contact with you?Zach Blume:I don't know, old school email, I mean, really old school, I guess, would be a landline, but email Zach, Z-A-C-H@portal-a.com, or you can find me on LinkedIn, but that sounds really lame, so just send me an email.Chris Erwin:Okay. I think LinkedIn is great.Zach Blume:No, I love Linkedin, but I just don't want to be the guy hawking his LinkedIn profile.Chris Erwin:Got it. All right, Zach, that's it. Thanks for being on the Come Up podcast.Zach Blume:It's been a pleasure, Chris. It's a great service to the digital media, community and world and really appreciated being here.Chris Erwin:All right, quick heads up that our company has a new service offering. We just introduced RockWater Plus, which is for companies who want an ongoing consulting partner at a low monthly retainer, yet also need a partner who can flex up for bigger projects when they arise. So who is this for? Well, three main stakeholders. One, operators who seek growth and better run operations. Two, investors who need help with custom industry research and diligence. And three, leadership who wants a bolt-on strategy team and thought partner.So what is included with RockWater Plus? We do weekly calls to review KPIs or any ad hoc operational needs. We create KPI dashboards to do monthly performanc