Like a number of companies, ORAU kicked off its annual giving campaign. We invited Naomi Asher, executive director of the United Way of Anderson County to talk about the importance of the annual giving campaign as a fundraising mechanism and how UWAC and its partner agencies support some of the most basic needs in our communities. Also joining host Michael Holtz for this conversation are Jennifer Enderson from Emory Valley Center and Joey Collins from Aid to Distressed Families in Appalachian Counties. A little money goes a long way, as you'll hear in this conversation.
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On October 6th, the United Way of Greater Nashville hosted a timely and compelling discussion on “Healthcare Disparities in Our Own Backyard.” The panel was made possible by the United Way's de Tocqueville Society, a now-global society that was founded in 1981 by my brother Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr., to deepen relationships between the United Way and community leaders. We're sharing this discussion with you as a close look at the health and healthcare disparities in one southern city, my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as examine how our leading healthcare providers are working to specifically address these shortfalls. In the discussion, we highlight some of the concerning statistics uncovered in a recent community health and well-being survey, which you can find at: www.nashvillehealth.org/survey Now let me turn to our panel, where I'm joined by: James Hildreth, President & CEO of Meharry Medical College, and a member of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force; Consuelo Wilkins, Senior Vice President & Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Tama Van Decar, Chief Medical Officer of HCA Healthcare – TriStar Division; who prior to joining the private sector had a highly decorated 20-year military career, and Mary Kate Mouser, Director of Community Health and Benefits at Ascension Saint Thomas, where she works to establish strategies to improve the health of communities.
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- Joshua Driver And so it's always been confusing to me why startups don't think about their culture from day one. And because we spend so much of our wake time at work, especially on our stage and the positive vibes or feelings you get out of helping others or contributing to the betterment of your community or society or making a difference for somebody else is such an important experience I think everybody should have, INTRO Why aren't we focusing on culture from Day 1? Today, we look at building connection in the world of start-ups. My guests are Josh Driver and Zach Rodenbarger from Selfless.ly. They have a lot to say about how to build connection AND their technology platform is also a platform for companies to give back, so this is like a double-impact interview. Zach and Josh's origin story begins just before the pandemic, launching their platform with high hopes and ideals into a pretty brutal business environment. They are talking about how they sustained connection, built their company, and expanded the scope of influence in the midst of the dual pressures of start-up life and a bruising global pandemic. As a bit of a teaser, you will hear about the importance of taking a walk, how “hangry” can get in the way of communication, and why Nerf guns could be a good idea for your office culture. Zach and Josh are both tech guys who are from the same Indiana town of Valparaiso. The met in 2018, committed to the concept of building a platform where companies and individuals can give not just money but time and effort to support causes that matter. The website describes the platform memorably: “Selfless.ly is a unique company that was designed by selfless people to help the world become a better place.” - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes I'd love to hear from both of you. Why do you think that that is even an important conversation to be having? And how would you define empathy work to me. - Zach Rodenbarger There's a few tangible examples. That is Zach Rodenbarger, the COO of Selfless.ly - Zach Rodenbarger Sometimes in our interactions, Josh will come in or I'll come in and we'll have something and go back and forth. And then one of us will say, do you need to go for a walk? - Zach Rodenbarger And I was like. - Zach Rodenbarger Yes, I need to go for a walk. I need a little fresh air, you. And maybe that's just because we've been at our computers for a couple of hours or longer and need to have take a pause and have a step back. And so we've had that over the year, especially when we're working hard and looking at new timelines and goals and things. And I know I've needed a walk or two here and there. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes We had other good practices. Sometimes it's a walk. I also find that sometimes it's a snack. I have you eaten recent links to a snack? - Joshua Driver Yes. We've encountered the snack situation as well. Yes. Hunger is a thing so much. And this is Josh Driver, fellow-hangry sufferer and the Founder of Selfless.ly - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes That was like one of my biggest learning curves early on in my marriage. I I used to think it was just Luke. It's totally both of us be like, Is this really a thing, or am I just really hungry right now? And you can't know until you're no longer hungry, like, you can't even find out. - Zach Rodenbarger I think that's a good follow up on empathy. It's probably easier to see in other people. And then when do we take that step back and look at ourselves and actually admit that? And I think that is really helpful to business partnership or even as we continue to onboard new employees, you know, thinking through, how am I coming across to others? - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes But also, do you put yourself in their shoes and how are they feeling and so kind of both well and hearing that it actually takes a foundation of some relationship and trust to be able to take someone suggestion to do something like, go for a walk. I can imagine that a less mature or self aware moments. Somebody being like, maybe even the way it could be delivered. Just go take a walk. Somebody being like, I don't need a walk. You need a walk? No, I'm just making a really good point. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes But to be able to be at a place where I imagine it takes some work get to that point. - Zach Rodenbarger Absolutely. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes A lot of times I find with guests or people I get to work with those that really, like, are doing the work of promoting more human workplaces and more connection at work. There's an element that comes out of their own personal experience. So I would love to hear from both of you a time where meeting that connection and empathy at work was really important in your own personal story, so that could be giving it to someone or a time where you were like, I'm not. Okay. I need some support right now. - Joshua Driver Yeah. I think when I left the startup space and went into a corporate job, I came into a workplace environment and culture that might have been a little hostile and toxic. Like, there is a big disconnect between the leadership and the teams and the mentality of you're lucky to have a job versus we're lucky to have you as an employee. I wasn't exactly realized yet. And I had noticed when I join the company in my role that there was a lot of hostile communication. People had segregated themselves on one side or another and coming into that since I had been startups for so long and been on the ground for creating that culture. - Joshua Driver That was very new to me to be in the middle of this disconnect. And it taught me personally about how I want my next company to run and where I think we needed to head and be ego free and transparent and communicate in more of a we're all on the same level here. Like, don't view me as your boss. We're just jumping in together to fix an issue. And I think as far as feeling left out or where I really could have used some support was when my first full time job was as an EMT here, then wished hospital and going through some of the things for the first time and all the trauma there. - Joshua Driver There's no debrief or support. I think it's better now than it was, but you kind of had to process and cope individually with some of the things that you would see. And so that was really difficult for me to overcome at times when you have to process seeing the such negative things at times. - Joshua Driver Quite frankly, like volunteering someplace and getting the I feel like I'm making a positive difference outside of the trauma of emergency medicine was a big driving factor. A lot of my coworkers and stuff would turn to substance abuse and other things sometimes, but I was fortunate enough to have a good support system, whether it was my family or friend group to where if things were really getting rough, that somebody would jump in and say, hey, let's catch up or reconnect. And so I was lucky in that regard. - Joshua Driver But a lot of first responders, unfortunately, don't have that type of network to help them with that. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Thank you for sharing that. And I imagine even as you talk about the importance of volunteering, that there's a through line to some of what you're currently doing. - Joshua Driver Yeah. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Zach, how about for you? - Zach Rodenbarger So for me, with thinking through empathy in my past experiences, we can look to even just in the early days of self asleep and thinking about, hey, we both took this leap to start something new. And then about six months later, COVID hits. And so how do we work through this time where everything just radically changed, where we just launched the company? We launched the company in January and February of 2020. And then a month later, radically different thinking through. How is my co founder feeling right now? - Zach Rodenbarger How do I stay optimistic and pass that along to him and vice versa? We're both kind of feeling these challenges and seeing this real time, right that we had these ideas and projections and we're going to create group, volunteering outdoors, and we're going to invite people to these events and then that's not going to happen. And so how do we really think through and change that strategy? But also, how did I think through, you know, both of us leaving our corporate jobs to do this. And so losing that security and saying, okay, I understand that this is maybe something he's going through right now and the pressure he's going through. - Zach Rodenbarger So how do I stay optimistic to then pass that along and vice versa? And that was really helpful during those times? - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Did you ever have days where you were both just like, really down in the dumps? It wasn't like one person could encourage the other. It was just both low, especially early on in that pandemic. - Zach Rodenbarger For me, I think for the most part, one or the other would see that and feel that and maybe because we're both high empaths. So if Josh was down, I was like, I can't be or vice versa. He may have a different perspective, but I remember thinking that. And so even though it was a really tough day, this is what it's all about. And so I'll stay positive or vice versa. And he would look at me be like, this is when he needs to step up. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yeah, - Joshua Driver I can't remember specifically when we had those times. But I remember even if we were going to be talking to a specific person turning in, saying, I don't have an inmate today to have this conversation. Do you mind just taking this on your own and doing that? I remember a few times where we had that discussion where if we're both feeling challenged, which is actual, we there. See, I think there were a few times where we might have just said, let's just call it a day early and go for a walk or go get a slice of pizza or something and and get out of the office for a little bit or go to the Lake each like, I think within reason we would step up on behalf of each other where we needed to. - Joshua Driver It was just not the perfect day. Just saying, alright, let's take a break in re energize and come back to it tomorrow. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes That can be so good. And it sounds like really, of course, of course, that would be a good thing to do. But it's amazing how hard sometimes it can feel in the moment, especially with the entrepreneurial churn and pressures and one's own expectations. So I acknowledge how important that can be and how like sometimes it can feel harder to do than it seems is a good job cutting. - Joshua Driver I like to just get burn myself out trying to work on the issue at hand. Zach, does a really good job of cutting me off for like of a meter and saying, this is all the time we have for this. We need to move on. Otherwise, I'll sit down whatever whatever issue is at hand. So he does a good job of saving my own sanity. - Zach Rodenbarger I definitely like to break tasks up into the smallest parts and pieces and just get something done for that day or something like that. And Josh definitely wants to power through and accomplish it all in one day. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yeah, I am that trait, Josh. It makes me think there was a there was a friend that I had in College and we used to kind of like joke about his mindset. We would joke that Ben would break his whole day down into micro goals, and it always allowed him to feel good about himself because he would be like, I'm on even the little things. Like, I'm gonna walk through the quad more efficiently than ever before and talk to two people. And I used to think like, what a funny quirk about how Ben's mind works. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes But now I look and I'm like, man, Ben was probably just 15 years ahead of all of us in self awareness of like, oh, that's maybe a key to living like a more bounded and contented existence than the rest of us had a handle on at 22. - Joshua Driver Yes, Zach is close to that, and I envy that very much because I don't have that level of organization and granularity that see and your friends have. MUSICAL TRANSITION Building connection at work is important…and it can be hard to know where to start. 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And so it's easy for me to get to know people because I'm just naturally just so curious about everyone's story. - Zach Rodenbarger I find I have to be maybe a little more intentional to provide that space to connect. And maybe that even goes to our overall topic of empathy to take a second and say, okay, if I was coming in on the first day or the second week, how would I want to be treated? Because I think it's easy for me. And as I mentioned earlier, probably Josh, it's easy for us to just kind of put our heads down and work. And so taking that time and being giving that space as well to make the connection, even if it's at lunch time only or something. - Zach Rodenbarger But at least you're very focused on allowing that space to chat and providing that because I know for me during the workplace, well, we'll chat later or something, but if you don't provide that space, then obviously it's harder to make that connection, especially in the first week, the first six months, and things like that and thinking, when would I want to have someone reach out to me whether they're a colleague, a boss, or even an intern can be anything. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yeah. That reminds me of even a slide that I was showing yesterday and a talk that I was doing about imagination and empathy. I hear that a little bit of what you're saying, and although that doesn't always get you exactly to the right place, because you can't ever fully know what another person is wanting or experiencing, it oftentimes will move you closer. What would I want on my first day or first week? And then to be able to act out of that can really close what can sometimes seem like a big distance. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes You both kind of offered some things in your answer, but I'll ask it explicitly as well. What are sometimes we're building connection at work feels difficult. - Joshua Driver I've started to embrace more of when I am feeling extroverted versus introverted and sometimes when I'm hyper focused on something in the distraction of having to communicate or interact can be frustrating because I need the focused time and especially with new employees coming on. You want to be available and transparent and present. And at our stage right now it's really difficult to be present with everything that we need to get done. And so making sure that I'm not coming off as disinterested is something that I always in the back of my mind. - Joshua Driver I want to make sure that I'm not conveying because it's not true. But there are some times where I just want to get something done and want to be sequestered for a little bit. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Do you have yourself in moments like that, like needing to actively engage in self talk, even about things. So I'll get my hand like I have to think about my body language and moments like that of being like, oh, I need to show attention and care right now. I'm going to do something different. Like do you do mental pivots like that? And what do they look like? - Joshua Driver Sometimes Zach and I have been together for so long now. I can tell with his expression where I've crossed the line of of being rational more. So there are certain triggers, I think too. And he'll say, yeah, you need to maybe just spend some time by yourself for a minute and go for a lock so I will replay a situation like that in my mind and try to think through. Alright, what did I say? Did I mean to come off this way or if I don't really came off a different way than I meant to trying to understand? - Joshua Driver Like how did this person infer that this was what I was trying to say. And so that has been helpful to rethink the experience so that I try not to replicate that. Moving forward. I. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes I Imagine there's a line walk between replaying the experience and getting stuck in a never ending loop. How do you thread that needle? - Joshua Driver Not. Well. I like to solve everything and have closure. So if there's still a difference of opinion, I like to try to really put the pressure on myself to get it resolved. And in some cases I think I don't look at difference of opinion is like who's going to win this fight and get their way? I think it's more from their background and their perspective. Is there some truth to it and allow that was Zach especially? There are some things that he's very passionate about and has a perspective that he really feels strongly. - Joshua Driver And I'd like to think for the most part if he fully believes in something that I may not be so sure on and wants to go that I just trust him implicitly that it's the right thing and that he's very good at doing his research and looking at different aspects of things. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Well, and out of that foundation of relationship, you know what you can extend to them. - Joshua Driver Yeah. I think we're a lot of co founders that are state right now. We don't have time to be working on every project together, be on every call together and make decisions together. And so I think if you have a co founder that you don't feel that you feel like you have to micromanage or be a part of every decision, then that's going to be a really difficult culture to scale. It's going to make your company really difficult to grow. And so everybody that we've hired and when Zach joined Selflessly is very clear. - Joshua Driver I want the empowerment. I want to create the space for them to be empowered to make decisions that are best for a company and feel confident that they are able to execute on whatever task. - Zach Rodenbarger Is this where I say the complete opposite? - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes This is a safe space. - Zach Rodenbarger I've been trying to obviously likewise empowering each other. And we did used to be on most of the calls and get to feel how each is thinking. And so it did help in the first month to six months to be on a lot of the calls together or as he mentioned, in the same room even. And so I can overhear his call, whether he wants me to or not and understand kind of what he's thinking, the action maybe he would take or his thinking on that his rationalization, right. - Zach Rodenbarger What would he be thinking in the same spot and so helpful to be able to, you know, have his perspective in in the back of my mind and probably vice versa from sharing that office for the first twelve months and everything. So that's been really good. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes I hear a lot of respect and self inquiry in what you both have said. And yet I imagine there's still moments where like on an emotional on a practical on an interpersonal level, you guys have missed and or hurt one another in your journey. What has making meaningful repairs looked like. - Zach Rodenbarger Nerf guns. Yeah. I think for one of my birthday, Josh got a couple of Nerf guns for me, and so if we need, we can shoot each other, but also part of the startup mentality, right? We wanted to bring a little bit of fun into the office, but if you needed, you could shoot someone from across the room. That's been one way. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes At least I'm totally thinking of my two sons right now, and the moment where Magnus turns to Moses, and he's like, okay, you can just hit me five times in the chest. That's fine. Just don't tell mom. - Joshua Driver The biggest issue with that is that I'm a bad shot, so I'm not even like to get I like you. I can't make my points in the same way he can, because I tend to miss him completely, whereas he's really good at targeting me. So that was, in hindsight, not a great decision for a birthday gift start. - Joshua Driver She has to make a lot of lessons learned. - Joshua Driver Yeah, I would recommend that to other companies unless you're really good at aiming - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes either that or you want to devote part of your work day to target practice. - Joshua Driver Yes. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Well, maybe you guys would like to expand on the I hear like some fun, some levity, like not taking yourself too seriously. Are there other things that you do to make repairs when you guys have gotten a little bit off? - Joshua Driver I think that we find out if if we're having a conflict, that taking the time, like taking some space and cooling down is helpful, but also eventually, once we've had time to kind of process that situation. General, I think there was a time where I went and got a Blizzard or a box of dilly bars and dropped them off at the house. His house is like a don't let go of me. Ever don't leave me gift. I'm sorry. I was cantankerous and vice versa where I think we have a cool down moment and then we Zoom out and think about it there's. - Joshua Driver There's always an apology and then some type of affirmation about the other one. - Zach Rodenbarger I know I take a little more time sometimes to each person has their kind of respective way to do that and to cool down. And some people want to solve it. Same day some people take the night, take the weekend and so, you know, kind of learning the team, learning the other person and thinking through that, you know, how to talk through that and when and maybe even is more important if it's right away or give some space. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Have you guys ever had misses? Because I hear a little bit. You know, Josh, you said I'm gonna solve it now. Person. And Zach, I need a little bit more time. Did you guys have a learning curve initially and full disclosure. I have had to unlearn in my adult relationships that tendency and belief of like, if I can just say it to you four different times in four different ways, we can figure it out right now. Let's keep trying. And sometimes people are like, no, just shut up. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Hard lesson. - Joshua Driver I have had to learn that in general, my husband is similar. Where his cool down? He needs to think for a little bit and take a break. I think maybe in our early days I went back to like, don't walk away. Let's figure this out so we can move on. But then realizing that he needs a little bit more time and understanding to from his perspective, like, if he doesn't want to talk about it, it's not going to help for me trying to pull it out of them either. - Joshua Driver So I've learned to kind of let that go that we're not going to necessarily resolve it today. But I do continue to like to think that I prioritize that moving forward so that we can eventually get through whatever that wall is that hurdle. - Zach Rodenbarger I think my learning is definitely around witnessing people and then witnessing yourself. But it's very rare to convince someone of your perspective in an argument. And if you're both on one side, an argument is not going to convince the other person to jump on your side. And so where is that our email leading or can you take a step back and then provide the reason why you're thinking this way? The reason why that person is thinking that way. It's just interesting to see how arguments heat up and things, and there's no side switching. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes It's so true. Yeah. It makes me think of even a yet unresolved conversations argument that my husband and I are having and to be like, yeah, nobody ever switches sides in the middle like nobody is in the heat of it or very, very, very, very, very like the 1% does it happen and then usually with a fair degree of resentment. - Joshua Driver So. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yes, that rings true. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes I'm struck that you are like building culture internally, but it selflessly is also like the product itself is something that is hopefully building culture and connection in the workplace. Tell me a little bit about how selflessly and volunteering and thinking outside of yourself is good for people in for workplaces. - Joshua Driver But I think as we see culture being a normal discussion and given that we're still in a pandemic and becomes such a volatile polarizing environment in the world everywhere. - Joshua Driver I always try to find, like silver linings or ways to maybe take take a moment to step away from the reality. And for me, my coping mechanism is to help others. And the reason why I've been able to spend that time to help others is because I've been very privileged and had the ability to do that where I understand that's not everybody's story coming out at our platform in understanding from not every company is a Lily or a Salesforce that has massive teams that work on these big the initiatives and have the resources. - Joshua Driver There are a lot of companies I mean humans are humans, whether you work at a Fortune 50 company or a small startup. - Joshua Driver And so it's always been confusing to me why startups don't think about their culture from day one. And because we spend so much of our wake time at work, especially on our stage and the positive vibes or feelings you get out of helping others or contributing to the betterment of your community or society or making a difference for somebody else is such an important experience. - Joshua Driver I think everybody should have, but unfortunately, we work all the time or we have kids or other responsibilities that limit that time. So we set out to build selflessly so that companies didn't have to try to scrape the bottom the barrel to be able to provide purpose or the positive opportunities or the community engagement. We wanted to be a partner, so every company can experience the positive effects of being a crime brand or socially responsible organization, and that for a long time has only been afforded to gigantic organizations. - Joshua Driver And so we wanted to be be the platform everyone can use. And so we have to be obviously an innovative with the pandemic and all these things that have changed the logistics on the nonprofit side. And unfortunately, a lot of this responsibility falls on nonprofits who are trying to keep their doors open and working on their mission. And so we took on the responsibility of of taking that work off of nonprofits and working on educating companies on how they can integrate philanthropy into normal business practices like employee engagement or team building or culture or heck, even the competitiveness of the sales Department. - Joshua Driver How do we leverage a philanthropic component while a bunch of type as I go tell each other or something? And I think if there's always even a component of that philanthropic, if there's just even a small piece that goes back or gives back, I think that that's a really great thing to hard wire into a company's culture. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Zach, anything you want to add? - Zach Rodenbarger Yeah, I think obviously what Josh said, one of my kind of tag lines, even as we reach out to teams and think about them is kind of selfless. Teams make the best teams. And when you're have employees that are thinking about each other and how to help each other and not always just focused on their task, that's obviously going to make a better team and environment and better teamwork. And so by thinking through, how do we make selfless employees that's really part of selflessly is to help those employees encourage those employees, not Joe's employees to find a volunteer opportunity or find a way to give back to support a cause they care about to have those matching donations from the company and actually use those. - Zach Rodenbarger And so all of these nudges that we want to help create selfless employees that are thinking about others and not just themselves. And so when you think about others that leads to that teamwork, really, everyone creating a better environment. And so putting all that together with what Josh said is exciting, that this is something we get to work on each day. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yeah. Well, my brain can't help but go to some sociological context. You know, I think in generations before, what you are tapping into is this, like human desire to be a part of something bigger, to be giving back, and that there was a while in the US where that was filled by a Church that was asking for a time, and hopefully they were giving towards meaningful things in that way. But that has become less and less central in American communities. There's still this impulse, but not quite the same. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes You know, there were good and bad things about that prior model, but there's not that same sort of, like regular outlet. And we're also more connected in theory, to the needs of the world. But through the lens of social media, which doesn't often lead to direct action. So, like emotional sensing, selves are out there like feeling all these things. But there's not this bridging, it towards action that feels like it builds up like a physical, real community that we're regularly a part of. And that selflessly kind of helps to bridge some of those, like sociological shifts with a meaningful offering. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yeah. - Joshua Driver I think without sounding like a sound bite, I feel philanthropy in the connection between a donor and a nonprofit or a company in its community or wherever this for profit and nonprofit connection is. For decades, we've given money to our Church, to the United Way, these intermediaries to trust that that's been utilized in the best way or is going towards the mission. And I think with technology improving and transparency, we've seen over time organizations that may not have made the best choices with the money that have come in and the the biggest concern is that this person had maybe a bad experience with this organization. - Joshua Driver Are they going to find another one to support, or are they just going to stop supporting? And that's a big concern. And so now there's this big push for having more control over where people can donate and not necessarily have to be relegated to the confines of somebody's of an organization, agencies or whatever. But what that means is more transparency needs to be done on the nonprofit side. And the nonprofits don't have the resources necessarily to be able to give up regular updates about a campaign or whatever. - Joshua Driver And so we've set up nonprofits to kind of fail from that regard. And then Conversely, I think we nonprofits. They're always fundraising. I've started my own nonprofit. We're always trying to raise more money so we can continue with our mission. And that leaves people out that may not have the liquidity or the resources to be able to participate financially, and we have to jump in. Or at least we take on some of the responsibility of how do we jump in and equate somebody skills and volunteer time to be worth just as much, if not more than them writing a check. - Joshua Driver And so I think it's a generational shift about what philanthropy is starting to look like when we launch selflessly as we continue to grow selflessly. There's always people from the charitable sector that have their own perspective. You need to trust. This organization has been around for a century that they're just going to be doing the right thing. But we tend to grow because people want to break out of what the mold of philanthropy has been and want to have more control and be able to make more direct impact by us connecting those two sides and really always innovating on how to keep those two sides connected. - Joshua Driver That means more resources go to the charitable sector. It just looks a little different. It's not an entry on a bank account. It might look like a donated product or a brainstorming session or some skilled services, but it can be helpful to breaking up some of the foundational infrastructure is a good thing, and I think we're along over you to really start shaking the tree and and changing what is no longer working. And that's a hard thing for people that have been in this space for a long time to necessarily want to accept. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes Yeah, something that I heard both of you say as a mark of differentiation that you have cultivated and enjoy is a sense of whimsy, and maybe not taking ourselves too seriously. Tell me how that shows up in selflessly. - Joshua Driver Well, my office looks like a kid play room. I just have random stuff all over the place, and then we have a Bulldog in the office. But I think the way that we talk to people, the way that we put ourselves out there, we didn't win the virtual background thing when you made those for your background as your company logo and all the strategic stuff. We didn't do that. I put on a background of me standing at the podium on Jeopardy or just keeping it. I'm sure people for first impression at times like, who the hell is this guy? - Joshua Driver But I think that if we were always trying to display, everything is running great. We don't have any problems. We're constantly growing and just a few months away from being the Jeff Bezos to this is really nobody believes that. First of all, instead of constantly say everything is working. There isn't one company that everything's running smoothly, but I think we personality, my personality. We would probably suppress a lot of who we are individually if we always had to worry about being a highlight reel and being being always on and calculated and putting on this this front. - Joshua Driver And I think having more real conversations, joking around, making mistakes, owning them and moving on or being open about what we've messed up for, mistakes we've made, I think, is so much more valuable in creating a deeper connection with our staff, which our network, our investors and being open and also accepting of the feedback too. Joshua Driver We don't want to be a vendor or a tech provider. We want to be a partner. And I think that us being vulnerable and embracing that were not perfect, I think, is important to set that expectation for whom we're interacting with. - Zach Rodenbarger Absolutely. You want to be able to have fun with your team. You want your team to be able to have fun with customers and on those conversations. And you want people to look forward to having time together, whether it's on a Zoom call or in person, especially for your internal team. But then that customers start to feel that as well and enjoy the conversations with you. And maybe in the software, you start to see certain aspects and certain animations come across the screen or something like that. - Zach Rodenbarger You're starting to see a little bit of other software as well, but we want to be have that enjoyment, especially if we're looking at company culture and encouraging people to get out and have some enjoyment and purpose and things like that. We want to come through in our mission and our software and allow really customers internal external everyone to start to see that, feel that and really enjoy the software and enjoy working with selflessly and working for selflessly. - Liesel Mindrebo Mertes If listeners are intrigued about the platform, the mission, you guys in your story, where can they go to find out more about selflessly and how it can be used to build and increase the sense of connection at work? - Joshua Driver Yeah. - Joshua Driver Our website is Selflessly. I and our social media Tags or give selflessly on the Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and our email address the general email for Zach, it is Hello at Selflessly IO. - Joshua Driver And. - Joshua Driver We get all kinds of requests companies that want to become B Corps or our favorite messages or hey, I want to. We're a small company and we don't think that we can really make an impact. Can you show us how to do it like those are the things we really enjoy spending time with. Also, I think hearing from people that may want to start their own company or want to brainstorm. Sometimes we make time to have a coffee with a potential entrepreneur or give some feedback, help others where we can. - Joshua Driver We'd love to hear from anybody who wants to reach out. MUSICAL TRANSITION Here are three key takeaways to build connection and care in the workplace… Fun matters.From Nerf guns to dilly bar deliveries, introducing a little bit of levity, especially in tense and freighted situations, can be a game changer. Where can you build some fun and some laughter into your office life? There is power in taking a break and thinking the best of the other person.You heard these two threads throughout the interview: in offering a break or a walk to the other person, hoping and trusting that their moment of overwhelm is not their truest or best self. This attention to the emotional temperature of a given situation is so important. And I use it often in both my personal and professional interactions. One way that people can move through their own disruption and overwhelm is by giving back to others.The act of moving beyond the constraints of your own situation, doing something positive for someone else, has all sorts of positive effects on the health of individuals and organizations. If what you have heard today piques your interest, I encourage you to look up the good work that is going on at Sefless.ly. More information about Zach, Josh, and the company can be found in the show notes. OUTRO To find out more about the work of Selfless.ly, visit https://selflessly.io
On this episode of Banking on KC, Chris Rosson, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Kansas City, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about this year's United Way campaign and the how the organization is a conduit for Kansas Citians to help Kansas Citians. Tune in to discover: How the United Way was established in Kansas City more than 100 years ago. The organizations three main focus areas. The various ways Kansas Citians can access United Way programs. Why United Way built out a partner network. The surprising ways in which United Way programs impact Kansas Citians. How businesses and individuals can get involved with the United Way. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
Cody and Colby are joined at the studio with Kasey Long and Leslie Massey. Get to know both these women and how they are involved with our community through United Way. Both of these women were researched by our research team and were surprised with some of the questions we asked them. Lots of fun and lots of laughs. Music by Cody Jasper.
MEET TRACEY BISSETTTracey is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry working directly or indirectly with personal, commercial and corporate clients to help them achieve their financial goals. A demonstrated passion for increasing financial fitness coupled with lending and risk management experience led to the establishment of Bissett Financial Fitness Inc. As Chief Financial Fitness Trainer of Bissett Financial Fitness Inc., Tracey educates and empowers individuals, notably young adults, and entrepreneurs to take control of and live their financial lives with confidence. As a former executive at TD Bank, one of Canada's Big 5 Banks, Tracey has worked with and in support of thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs to secure the financing they needed. This hands on experience coupled with her formal financial education, Masters of Business Administration and Chartered Financial Analyst designation, position Tracey uniquely to coach about all things money. Tracey is a full time professor in the financial services faculty within the Business School at Centennial College. She leads speaking engagements and is the Executive Producer and host of the Young Money podcast all focused on increasing financial fitness. Recently named a Silver Award winner for The IFSE Institute Award for Financial Literacy Champion through the Wealth Professional Awards 2020. A native of Nova Scotia, Tracey enjoys giving back the community and actively volunteers with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, the United Way of Toronto & York Region as well as Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. CONTACT:https://www.bissettfinancialfitness.com/cash-coach/ (FREE DOWNLOAD) https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceybissett/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceybissett/) https://www.bissettfinancialfitness.com/ (https://www.bissettfinancialfitness.com/) https://www.bissettfinancialfitness.com/podcasts/ (https://www.bissettfinancialfitness.com/podcasts/) SUPPORT THE SHOW BECAUSE I LOVE PUPPIES!1)https://meetfox.com/en/ (MEETFOX) Monetize your time with an easy-to-use online platform. Use promo code “yuri” for 2 MONTHS FREE! 2) https://taliadinapoli.com/a/rewards/r/m8q3ZlTx (Talia di Napoli – PIZZA) Click on the title for $6.00 off your order of AMAZING pizza shipped fresh from Napoli https://www.gettaxhub.com/?rfsn=4356929.38ee2a (3) TAXHUB) NEED ACCOUNTING HELP? – Sign up for A Less Taxing Way To Work With A CPA. Get a free intro call with a tax professional. 4) https://www.audible.com/ep/freetrial?source_code=PDTGBPD060314004R (Audible.com) This podcast is brought to you by Audible. I have used Audible for years, and I love audiobooks. Click on the link to get a 30-day free trial, complete with a credit for a free audiobook download 5) ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BITCOIN OR CRYPTOCURRENCY?BUY MY BOOK BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING!!! I'll EVEN SIGN IT FOR YOU : )https://amzn.to/3afTmOu (BE LEFT BEHIND: Discover Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Before Your Grandma Beats You to It) http://www.advanceyourart.com/captivate-podcast/eduardo-placer/yuricataldo.com (yuricataldo.com) CREDITS: Our theme music is written and mixed by Chicago-based composer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Black of the Black's Backbone collaborative. And produced by REB Records. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy
As an active community member who loves to give back, Laurie Gostley Hackett's passion for philanthropy is well known throughout the Lehigh Valley. On this episode of Unscripted, Laurie and Ashley talk about the importance of giving back and how her newest role with United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley will help make a difference in the community.
Linda Blair from the Kewanee Area United Way joined Wake Up Tri-Counties on Wednesday to drum up support for the kick off of the Kewanee Area United Campaign kick off. An official launch of this year's United Way campaign will take place on October 14th from 5:30 Pm to 7:30 Pm. 16 non-profit agencies are under the United Way fundraising banner this year and you can support those agencies by supporting the United Way Annual Campaign.
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Reference-based pricing, the way that most employee benefit consultants use the term anyway, refers to a methodology used by employers to pay providers for services. Usually we're talking within a fee-for-service (FFS) environment here. The way it typically works ... there are different flavors, but how it typically works is this: Reference-based pricing (RBP) means that an employer starts with some reference-based price. Many times, it's the Medicare rate. Medicare will pay X dollars for something. The employer—and when I say employer, I mean the vendor/company the employer is using to run this whole thing mainly—but the employer will decide that they're willing to pay some percent over the Medicare rate to providers who render that service to the employee. Maybe it's 10% over the Medicare rate or 20% to 50% as David Contorno talks about in this healthcare podcast. One of the biggest pushbacks against RBP schemes has been that it results in balance bills for employees, meaning that an employee goes to the hospital, the employer decides to pay some RBP amount for that service to the hospital, but the hospital hasn't necessarily agreed to accept that amount. There's no contract in place. So, the hospital decides to bill whatever their chargemaster rate is—which, as we all know, is redonkulous—and the employee gets a giant out-of-network balance bill. For the most part, this doesn't have to happen if you do it right; and David Contorno discusses all of this and more on this An Expert Explains. You can learn more at epoweredbenefits.com. You can also connect with David on LinkedIn. David Contorno is founder of E Powered Benefits. As a native of New York, David began his career in the insurance industry at the age of 14 and has since become a leading expert in the realm of employee benefits over the last 22 years. David was Benefits Selling magazine's 2015 Broker of the Year, and in March 2016, Forbes deemed him “one of America's most innovative benefits leaders.” More recently, he received the 2017 Leadership Award at ASCEND, the annual conference of The Association for Insurance Leadership, which recognizes those whose leadership in support of improving the value and performance of employee benefits has significantly advanced the industry. David is a member of the board of directors for both the Charlotte Association of Health Underwriters and HealthReach Community Clinic. He served on the NC Insurance Commissioners Life and Health Agent Advisory Committee, as well as participated in the Technical Advisory Group that helped with the market reforms required under the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina. He is a longtime member of the Lake Norman and South Iredell Chambers of Commerce as well as the National, North Carolina, New York, and Long Island Associations of Health Underwriters. David contributes to numerous publications, including Forbes, Benefits Selling magazine, Business Leader magazine, and Insurance Thought Leadership. David is committed to giving back to his community and actively participates in the membership drive for the United Way, assisting the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and supporting The Dove House Child Advocacy Center. When he is not working, he enjoys boating and traveling. 01:37 What does good reference-based pricing look like? 01:57 What is the pricing methodology that 97% of healthcare is using? 04:25 How has E Powered Benefits minimized the noise around reference-based pricing? 04:55 “You're getting what we view as balance bills all the time.” 06:47 “What very few people really recognize is that hospitals have multiple revenue streams.” 07:36 “Which is the highest price? The answer is, commercial.” You can learn more at epoweredbenefits.com. You can also connect with David on LinkedIn. @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast What does good reference-based pricing look like? @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast What is the pricing methodology that 97% of healthcare is using? @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast How has E Powered Benefits minimized the noise around reference-based pricing? @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast “You're getting what we view as balance bills all the time.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast “What very few people really recognize is that hospitals have multiple revenue streams.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast “Which is the highest price? The answer is, commercial.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and #referencebasedpricing on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast Recent past interviews: Click a guest's name for their latest RHV episode! David Contorno (EP339), Nikki King, Olivia Webb, Brandon Weber, Stacey Richter (INBW30), Brian Klepper (AEE16), Brian Klepper (EP335), Sunita Desai, Care Plans vs Real World (EP333), Dr Tony DiGioia, Al Lewis, John Marchica, Joe Connolly, Marshall Allen, Andrew Eye, Naomi Fried, Dr Rishi Wadhera, Dr Mai Pham, Nicole Bradberry and Kelly Conroy, Lee Lewis, Dr Arshad Rahim, Dr Monica Lypson, Dr Rich Klasco, Dr David Carmouche (AEE15), Christian Milaster, Dr Grace Terrell, Troy Larsgard, Josh LaRosa
Economic Mobility, Innovation, and Women of Color in Tech.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Kendra Parlock, Executive Director at NPower Maryland. Kendra talks about her early love of science and what growing up was like with both her parents being in the Marines. She also goes into the heart of NPower and the importance of bringing more women and women of color into the tech industry. Kendra discusses what it was like working in the mayor's office and how her organization and detail orientation has allowed her to be successful in her career. QUOTES “That's how innovation happens. It's not mysterious and magical. It's committing to and identifying a problem, asking the right questions, collecting the right data, coming up with ideas, trying them out, collecting that information. That's when the innovation happens.”– Kendra Parlock [15:55] “There was a lot to manage and that's where my value came in. Like okay, I can make sense of this, and I kept all of that organized.”– Kendra Parlock [21:23] “People are drawn to people who present themselves well. And so, I was able to meet more people, collaborate more, make more connections because, you know, I looked the part.”– Kendra Parlock [46:34] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro [03:20] Meet Kendra Parlock [05:45] Schooling and Love of Science [07:03] Kendra's Parents [07:45] College and Six Sigma Training [10:43] DuPont and TiO2 [15:07] Organization, Detail Orientation, and Innovation [19:35] Starting at W. R. Grace & Co. [22:55] Executive MBA at Michigan State University [25:54] W. R. Grace & Co. to Mayor's Office [29:32] Office Architecture, Community Data, and Working for the Mayor [34:20] NPower and Women in Tech [44:33] Kendra's Style in Life and Business [46:48] Kendra's Husband [50:02] Wrap-Up Questions [55:27] Outro RESOURCES https://www.npower.org/locations/maryland/ (NPower) https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2007/04/pdf/citistat_report.pdf (CitiStat) https://www.cabotcorp.com/ (Cabot Corporation) https://grace.com/ (W. R. Grace & Co.) https://www.dupont.com/ (DuPont) https://www.ufl.edu/ (University of Florida) https://www.wright.edu/ (Wright State University) https://msu.edu/ (Michigan State University) https://www.uwcm.org/ (United Way of Central Maryland) https://boltonhillmd.org/ (Bolton Hill Community Association) https://www.iwbmore.org/ (Innovation Works) https://www.the-daily-record.com/ (The Daily Record) https://www.umbiopark.com/ (University of Maryland BioPark) https://www.marines.com/ (Marines) https://www.6sigma.us/ (Six Sigma) https://www.donaldjtrump.com/ (Former President Donald J. Trump) https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/01/403629104/baltimore-protests-what-we-know-about-the-freddie-gray-arrest (Freddie Gray) https://www.comptia.org/certifications/it-fundamentals (CompTIA ITF+ Certification) https://www.comptia.org/certifications/a (CompTIA A+ Certification) https://www.comptia.org/certifications/security (CompTIA Security+ Certification) http://www.baltimorefamilies.org/ (Baltimore Family Alliance) https://www.northropgrumman.com/ (Northrop Grumman) https://www.mica.edu/ (Maryland Institute College of Art) https://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547 (Things Fall Apart) by Chinua Achebe https://www.agathachristie.com/ (Agatha Christie) https://digitalequitybaltimore.org/ (Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition) https://digitalequitybaltimore.org/hotline/ (Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition Community Tech Support Hotline) RELEVANT LINKS https://www.linkedin.com/in/kendraparlock/ (Kendra Parlock) on LinkedIn https://twitter.com/kendraparlock?lang=en (Kendra Parlock) on Twitter https://thedailyrecord.com/2021/05/14/kendra-parlock/ (The Daily Record Kendra Parlock) https://nylatechnologysolutions.com/ (Nyla Technology Solutions) I'd love to hear from you -- your feedback is
Can you all believe it is already October?! In this week's episode we are joined by Amber Miller, President and CEO of United Way of North Central Florida. Amber has and continues to impact many lives in and outside of her professional life. We get to hear her amazing and touching stories of how she came to be where she is today. Her authentic leadership and passion for nonprofit work is truly inspiring and I cannot wait for you guys to listen! She has persevered through many challenges and is constantly adapting to what life throws at her. Big shoutout to our friends over at The Best Restoration for sponsoring this week's episode! From area rug cleaning, to mold remediation, to fire damage, they do it all! Give our friends a call today at (352)-358-3318 or you can check them out at: https://thebestrestoration.com/ And of course we have to give love to our guys at UF Mover Guys! Do you have a big move coming up?? Be sure to give them a call or visit their website to help make your move seamless! (352) 415-0886 https://www.ufmoverguys.com/ Learn more about all of our sponsors at https://www.whoagnv.com/sponsors! - - - - - Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW1tLSw2Z5MB6Yebj_2pDJA?sub_confirmation=1 You can purchase custom WHOA GNV gear by visiting us here! - https://www.whoagnv.com/whoa-gnv-shop CHECK OUT OUR LAST EPISODE: E169: The New Way of Living in the Heart of Gainesville | Ben Wacksman of Emerson Gainesville https://youtu.be/tXO-v7jkZwk CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST: Amber Miller of United Way Website: https://www.unitedwayncfl.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unitedwayofncfl/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/unitedwayncfl?lang=en THIS SHOW IS PRODUCED BY OUR COMPANY, REPAINT THE WALL: https://www.repaintthewall.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/repaintthewall Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/repaintthewall YouTube: http://repaint.tv CONNECT WITH OUR PODCAST & NOMINATE A GUEST: https://www.whoagnv.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/whoagnv Facebook: http://facebook.com/whoagnvpodcast Twitter: http://twitter.com/whoagnv Know someone that would be PERFECT for our show? Nominate them here! https://www.whoagnv.com/nominate-a-guest/ LET'S BE FRIENDS: Instagram: http://instagram.com/collinaustin Facebook: http://facebook.com/thecollinaustin Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/ns4lcollin Website: http://collinaustin.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/realcollin Medium: http://medium.com/@collinaustin --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whoa-gnv-podcast/support
Happy Friday, it's the weekend! This week Amber Miller of United Way joins us to give us a glimpse of what everyday life in a non-profit organization looks like. Amber and her team are doing amazing things right here in Gainesville and the greater North Central Florida area. We got to learn about how different skill sets can go a long way within a non-profit and how nonprofits are oftentimes small businesses. Amber told a bunch of amazing stories that you won't want to miss! Be sure to text WHOAGNV to 484848 and get notified when that episode drops! This Side Hustle Podcast Preview is brought to you by UF Mover Guys. Got a big move coming up soon?? Be sure to check them out for all your moving needs! https://www.ufmoverguys.com/ A big thanks to my friends over at Brio for the wardrobe! Check out the local business here: https://www.briocoldbrew.com/ Learn more about all of our sponsors at https://www.whoagnv.com/sponsors! - - - - - Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW1tLSw2Z5MB6Yebj_2pDJA?sub_confirmation=1 You can purchase custom WHOA GNV gear by visiting us here! - https://www.whoagnv.com/whoa-gnv-shop CHECK OUT OUR LAST EPISODE: E169: The New Way of Living in the Heart of Gainesville | Ben Wacksman of Emerson Gainesville https://youtu.be/tXO-v7jkZwk CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST: Amber Miller of United Way Website: https://www.unitedwayncfl.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unitedwayofncfl/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/unitedwayncfl?lang=en THIS SHOW IS PRODUCED BY OUR COMPANY, REPAINT THE WALL: https://www.repaintthewall.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/repaintthewall Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/repaintthewall YouTube: http://repaint.tv CONNECT WITH OUR PODCAST & NOMINATE A GUEST: https://www.whoagnv.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/whoagnv Facebook: http://facebook.com/whoagnvpodcast Twitter: http://twitter.com/whoagnv Know someone that would be PERFECT for our show? Nominate them here! https://www.whoagnv.com/nominate-a-guest/ LET'S BE FRIENDS: Instagram: http://instagram.com/collinaustin Facebook: http://facebook.com/thecollinaustin Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/ns4lcollin Website: http://collinaustin.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/realcollin Medium: http://medium.com/@collinaustin --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whoa-gnv-podcast/support
In today's episode, I'm speaking with Mary Graham, the President and CEO of United Ways of Tennessee and Lead Staff for the Tennessee Afterschool Network, as she discusses the importance of afterschool programs and why the Tennessee Afterschool Network advocates for safe, healthy, and nurturing afterschool experiences for Tennessee students. For more information about this episode, visit the Tennessee Afterschool Network's website at http://www.tnafterschool.org/. For more information regarding the 211 Helpline offered by the United Way, visit their website at https://www.unitedwaygreaternashville.org/211-helpline/. Celebrate the 22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool on October 28, 2021. For more information as to how your school district can participate, visit http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm.
Lynne Twist is the founder of the Soul of Money Institute and author of the best-selling, award-winning book "The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.” Over the past 40 years, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning, and having a healthy relationship with money. Her clients include Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, the International Unity Church, Charles Schwab, United Way, The National Black Theater of Harlem, Harvard University, and others. A sought-after speaker, she has presented for the United Nations Beijing Women's Conference, State of the World Forum, Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Governor's Conference on California Women, among others. A recognized global visionary, Ms. Twist has been an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, and The Nobel Women's Initiative. Lynne is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors, including the "Woman of Distinction" award from the United Nations. Lynne is a co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture. In addition, Lynne serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the Fetzer Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Bioneers, Conscious Capitalism, and Women's Earth Alliance. From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne's on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in. Websites: soulofmoney.org pachamama.org Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded September 28, 2021. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
Let's just start here: As a general construct, insurance carriers have every incentive for health insurance premiums to go up every year. If you're an employer, that is a material fact. Is it counterintuitive? Maybe. Except if you're an employer and your premiums are going up year after year, it begs the question why, every single year, the already-extravagant amount you pay continues to go up way more than the inflation rate. You'd think that if your broker and your plan administrator were so great at their fiduciary responsibility over your self-insured plan that this wouldn't be happening. Oh right, whosever PPO network you're using, they don't have any fiduciary responsibility over your self-insured plan. You do, all you CFOs and CEOs and benefit professionals out there. Wait, I misspoke. Plan administrators do have fiduciary responsibility—to their shareholders. The CEO of CVS/Aetna made $36 million in 2019. He's clearly very good at that job. The rest of them are, too. I'm not singling anyone out here. And also, this podcast is not investment advice. In short, as previously stated, most major insurance carriers and the brokers they pay commissions to have every incentive for your premiums to go up every single year. That's where we're at, folks. It's an open secret, yet so many are just getting so wildly taken advantage of by carriers and brokers whom they have really put their trust in. If you work for a self-insured employer, tell your CFO/CEO to listen to this show. Or if you are a CEO/CFO or a benefits professional in charge of healthcare benefits, welcome. I hope this information is helpful. My guest in this healthcare podcast, David Contorno, has been in the benefits industry longer than he hasn't been in the benefits industry. I think he started working in a benefits brokerage when he was 17 or something. Currently, he's the founder of E Powered Benefits. In this episode, we talk about the keys for self-insured employers that lead to better health for their employees at something like 20% or more lower costs. Here's some of the imperatives for employers that David digs into in this episode: Advanced primary care—really valuing primary care providers who do not work for hospital systems and, therefore, are not subjected to the ball and chain of perverse incentives that David talks about at some length. Getting cost and quality data so you can make prospective choices and not get hit in the back of the head with an after-the-fact “gotcha” in the form of an overpriced bill that you are now obligated to pay. Let me bring up all the articles lately in the New York Times and elsewhere … people paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for something that should cost a fraction of that. Most of them have “good” insurance (keep that in mind) from their employer. Also keep in mind that most of these stories that hit the news are the ones where some poor employee got stuck with a bill—not the metric ton of other examples where the self-insured employer was on the hook. If you're an employer, you can get ahead of these “gotcha” moments. It's textbook risk mitigation if nothing else. Create benefit designs to help employees find and incent them to use the highest-quality providers charging a fair price. Listen to EP334 with Sunita Desai for more on the topic of incenting consumerism. Know how your broker gets paid. If someone is paying your broker a commission and it isn't you, then your broker makes more money when your premiums and rates go up. They are a sales rep getting paid to make someone else money off of you. Get a handle on your pharmacy spend. David gets into some nuances here which are super interesting. You can learn more at epoweredbenefits.com. You can also connect with David on LinkedIn. David Contorno is founder of E Powered Benefits. As a native of New York, David began his career in the insurance industry at the age of 14 and has since become a leading expert in the realm of employee benefits over the last 22 years. David was Benefits Selling magazine's 2015 Broker of the Year, and in March 2016, Forbes deemed him “one of America's most innovative benefits leaders.” More recently, he received the 2017 Leadership Award at ASCEND, the annual conference of The Association for Insurance Leadership, which recognizes those whose leadership in support of improving the value and performance of employee benefits has significantly advanced the industry. David is a member of the board of directors for both the Charlotte Association of Health Underwriters and HealthReach Community Clinic. He served on the NC Insurance Commissioners Life and Health Agent Advisory Committee, as well as participated in the Technical Advisory Group that helped with the market reforms required under the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina. He is a longtime member of the Lake Norman and South Iredell Chambers of Commerce as well as the National, North Carolina, New York, and Long Island Associations of Health Underwriters. David contributes to numerous publications, including Forbes, Benefits Selling magazine, Business Leader magazine, and Insurance Thought Leadership. David is committed to giving back to his community and actively participates in the membership drive for the United Way, assisting the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and supporting The Dove House Child Advocacy Center. When he is not working, he enjoys boating and traveling. 04:20 How do you ensure better care for patients? 05:10 “What's required to correct those things is not really a massive degree of intellect or even innovation.” 05:38 What's the road map for self-insured employers who want to take control of their healthcare costs? 10:06 “Higher costs equal more profit and more revenue.” 14:03 “The problem with devalued primary care is … that most people pass over the primary care provider and go right to the specialist.” 19:41 “Every employer should have every broker sign a compensation disclosure form.” 20:06 “If you think there's perverse incentives on the medical side … it gets even worse on the pharmacy side.” 21:01 What changes do employers find when they follow the road map to taking control of their healthcare costs? 21:44 “It's not uncommon for us to reduce total healthcare spend for an employer by between 20% and 40% at the end of the first year.” 22:09 “I can't change [the] outcome without changing the path you walked to get there.” 22:41 “Going self-funded is where the journey starts, not where it ends.” 24:47 “If most employers truly understood how badly these carriers and health systems are taking advantage of them … [it's almost like] Stockholm syndrome.” 27:09 “The only legitimate fear that employers should have is, How do they message these changes … to the employees?” 29:21 “This has to happen, and if it doesn't happen, the system's going to break and … be picked up by entities that are, I think, only going to make the situation worse.” You can learn more at epoweredbenefits.com. You can also connect with David on LinkedIn. @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits How do you ensure better care for patients? @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “What's required to correct those things is not really a massive degree of intellect or even innovation.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits What's the road map for self-insured employers who want to take control of their healthcare costs? @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “Higher costs equal more profit and more revenue.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “The problem with devalued primary care is … that most people pass over the primary care provider and go right to the specialist.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “Every employer should have every broker sign a compensation disclosure form.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “If you think there's perverse incentives on the medical side … it gets even worse on the pharmacy side.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits What changes do employers find when they follow the road map to taking control of their healthcare costs? @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “It's not uncommon for us to reduce total healthcare spend for an employer by between 20% and 40% at the end of the first year.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “I can't change [the] outcome without changing the path you walked to get there.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “Going self-funded is where the journey starts, not where it ends.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “If most employers truly understood how badly these carriers and health systems are taking advantage of them … [it's almost like] Stockholm syndrome.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “The only legitimate fear that employers should have is, How do they message these changes … to the employees?” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits “This has to happen, and if it doesn't happen, the system's going to break and … be picked up by entities that are, I think, only going to make the situation worse.” @dcontorno discusses #employers and the #medicalindustrialcomplex on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthbenefits Recent past interviews: Click a guest's name for their latest RHV episode! Nikki King, Olivia Webb, Brandon Weber, Stacey Richter (INBW30), Brian Klepper (AEE16), Brian Klepper (EP335), Sunita Desai, Care Plans vs Real World (EP333), Dr Tony DiGioia, Al Lewis, John Marchica, Joe Connolly, Marshall Allen, Andrew Eye, Naomi Fried, Dr Rishi Wadhera, Dr Mai Pham, Nicole Bradberry and Kelly Conroy, Lee Lewis, Dr Arshad Rahim, Dr Monica Lypson, Dr Rich Klasco, Dr David Carmouche (AEE15), Christian Milaster, Dr Grace Terrell, Troy Larsgard, Josh LaRosa, Dr David Carmouche (EP316)
Volunteer. Board Member. CEO. Consultant. Author. Today's guest-expert Diane Lebson is helping nonprofits do good...(wait for it...) awesomer! Diane is a first-generation American, the daughter of working-class, Polish immigrants who instilled in her a strong work ethic and desire to “do good.” After studying international relations in college, Diane stayed in Washington and began her nonprofit career on the national staff of United Way, the largest charity in the United States.Over the course of seventeen years, she managed United Way's national literacy program, managed the national board of trustees, and built a women's giving program that has to date raised over $2 billion and mobilized over 70,000 philanthropists.After leaving United Way, she went on to lead US fundraising operations for an international nongovernmental organization that served orphans and abandoned children, oversaw a leadership turnover at a large public library foundation, served as the Chief of Protocol at the US Embassy in Australia, and led the women's giving program for the American Red Cross.In 2018, she and her husband cofounded Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, a national consultancy that helps nonprofit organizations, individuals, corporations, and foundations achieve their philanthropic goals. Diane is a published author of For a Good Cause: A Practical Guide to Giving Joyfully and a frequent speaker at conferences.Learn More About Evergreen Philanthropy: https://www.evergreenphilanthropy.com/ Buy Diane's Book: https://www.evergreenphilanthropy.com/book/Support This Podcast! Make a quick and easy donation here:https://www.patreon.com/dogoodbetterAbout The Official Do Good Better Podcast:Each episode features (fundraising expert, speaker, event creator and author) Patrick Kirby interviewing leaders and champions of small & medium nonprofits to share their successes, their impact, and what makes them a unicorn in a field of horses. Patrick answers fundraising questions and (most importantly) showcases how you can support these small nonprofits doing great big things!iTunes: https://apple.co/3a3XenfSpotify: https://spoti.fi/2PlqRXsYouTube: https://bit.ly/3kaWYanTunein: http://tun.in/pjIVtStitcher: https://bit.ly/3i8jfDRFollow On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoGoodBetterPodcast/Follow On Twitter: @consulting_do #fundraising #fundraiser #charity #nonprofit #donate #dogood #dogoodBETTER #fargo #fundraisingdadAbout Host Patrick Kirby:Email: Patrick@dogoodbetterconsulting.comLinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fundraisingdad/Want more great advice? Buy Patrick's book! Now also available as an e-book!Fundraise Awesomer! A Practical Guide to Staying Sane While Doing GoodAvailable through Amazon Here:
I'm so glad we were able to have Brian and Bill on the podcast to talk about using video in your marketing to tell powerful stories. While we believe that the question of whether or not you should utilize video is over (you should be using), the question is now whether or not you want to be using video well. And then, knowing where your audience is will allow you to take that awesome video and put it in front of the right people. Without knowing where your audience is leaves you with just a video and that helps no one, right? Join myself, Brian and Bill on today's episode as we talk about finding where your audience is so that you can market to them well. As Told By is a video marketing agency started by Bill Grant from Cinema Couture and Brian Arnold from Coldwell Banker of the Carolinas. They came together in 2019 with a mission of not only making great videos for clients but helping them figure out what to do with those videos once they're finished. They call themselves the marketing director's secret weapon. The goal is to work within existing marketing teams to help get the most out of great videos. Prominent clients include Capgemini, United Way of the Midlands, The Salvation Army, Heathwood Hall and the University of South Carolina to name a few.
Dr. Theo and Dr. Jaqui sit down with Timothy Johnson, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass in rural Kentucky. Timothy sheds light on how United Way organizations help their local communities and gives advice on how introverted leaders can develop an executive presence.
In this 'Inspiring TED Talks Rewind" HCI Podcast episode, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover explores Drew Dudley's famous 2010 TED Talk,"Everyday Leadership." Check out the video here: https://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership/up-next. Video Overview: "Drew Dudley's whole approach is to make sure everyone understands how to bring out the leader within. Too many people think great leadership is reserved for extraordinary people. His humorous take will remind you of all the little things leaders do each day. Leadership may be self-taught, but certainly isn't reserved to a special segment of society. Dudley reminds us that leadership is an everyday act that should be celebrated." Prior to founding Day One, Drew Dudley (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dayonedrew) spent 8 years as the Director of one of Canada's largest leadership development programs at the University of Toronto and served as National Chair of Canada's largest post-secondary charity, which mobilized 35,000 volunteers annually to support the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and TED.com, where his "TED talk" has been voted "one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time". Time, Business Insider and INC. magazines have all included his talk on their lists of "speeches that will make you a better leader". Drew's clients have included some of the world's most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald's, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotels, the United Way and over 75 colleges and universities. Check out Dr. Westover's new book, 'Bluer than Indigo' Leadership, here: https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/bluerthanindigo. Check out Dr. Westover's book, The Alchemy of Truly Remarkable Leadership, here: https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/leadershipalchemy. Check out the latest issue of the Human Capital Leadership magazine, here: https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/hci-magazine. Ranked #6 Performance Management Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/performance_management_podcasts/ Ranked #6 Workplace Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/workplace_podcasts/ Ranked #7 HR Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/hr_podcasts/ Ranked #12 Talent Management Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/talent_management_podcasts/ Ranked in the Top 20 Personal Development and Self-Improvement Podcasts: https://blog.feedspot.com/personal_development_podcasts/ Ranked in the Top 30 Leadership Podcasts: https://blog.feedspot.com/leadership_podcasts/
Lucretia is a mom of three, and advocate for Housing and Homeless here in Santa Barbara, California. She holds a BS in Architecture with an emphasis on Sustainable Built Environment, with her thesis on Demographic Determinants on Health through the Built Environment, where I explored the cyclical housing through NHA guidelines, redlining and perpetuated socio-economic gap through housing. She currently works as an Architectural Associate with Vanguard Planning, Inc. Prior, she worked with RRM Design Group, where she was so grateful to work on a variety of excellent projects ranging from Affordable Multifamily housing to Civic and Community. My work at RRM Design group has ranged from Due Diligence, Conceptual Design, and Entitlement Packages to meeting Cal Green requirements and HUD for Affordable Housing requirements. In conjunction with local design projects, she is also meeting with SB Act, United Way and the planning commissioner, John Campanella to address the Housing Crisis through a young professional housing discussion panel. She is also part of 100 selected individuals for the SB Leadership team lead by Hal Conklin, specifically focused on a 5-part plan, where I focus on housing development. She has also launched an LLC to coincide with her nonprofit to serve their homeless population, where investors and the city will be working alongside each other to provide housing as an intervention for individuals on the waiting list for the affordable housing sector. All of her previous positions have explored functional information and operations of housing development on multiple levels, with a special emphasis on Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Workforce Housing, and Public Housing.
Andrew “Andy” R. Cagnetta, Jr., is the CEO and Manager of Transworld® Business Advisors. Andy is a leader in the business brokerage industry and the South Florida business community. Since 1997, he has served as President of Transworld Business Brokers, a business brokerage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he has overseen the sale of thousands of businesses. A skilled negotiator and recognized national trainer of negotiation techniques, Andy specializes in mergers and acquisitions, small business sales and franchising. Andy is no doubt the go to expert when it comes to business sales, valuation and negotiations, but what makes him truly unique is his passion to help as many people as possible live the American dream by owning a business. He genuinely seeks to support all people that are looking to buy or sell their business; he knows the potential setbacks and strives to make the process attainable by anyone and everyone. Andy has taught his self-authored negotiations, valuation and business sale classes to associations, construction companies, media sales teams, government agencies, high school & university students. As an active member of the community, Andy has served on the board of BBX Capital (public company) and numerous non-profit organizations including the United Way, LifeNet4Families, Junior Achievement, and The Clery Center. His signature charity event “Andy's Family Pasta Dinner” is in its 19th year and has raised over $1,900,000. He is father What You Will Learn: Who is Andrew Cagnetta? When did he start buying businesses? What is The Ultimate Buyer's Playbook for 2021? Andrew shares that 2021 is a great time to buy a business. How to avail of The Ultimate Buyer's Playbook for 2021? What are Minority Business and Business Acquisitions? Andrews believes in Doing well by doing good. How to evaluate a business and improve it? What are the opportunities the economic crisis brings to the business world? Andrew explains that financing is an option for buying a business. How to negotiate the best price for your business? Andrew shares how he can be contacted. Additional Resources from Andrew Cagnetta: Websites: https://thedealboardpodcast.com/ Phone: +1 (954) 478-4308 Email: email@example.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acagnetta/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/transworldbusinessadvisors Twitter: https://twitter.com/tworldbusiness Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQMKGgBRwujx6yMCcC3VAw
This episode is brought to you by National Office Systems United Way of the Coastal Empire president/CEO Brynn Grant and campaign chair Cecilia Russo Turner join the Tuesday Commute to talk about this year's fundraising drive, how the pandemic has changed philanthropy and how Savannah can get involved with donating. (26:20) Then, Stephanie Nakasian joins to talk about this year's Savannah Jazz Festival and her act, Savannah Divas with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra. Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts
ETP- Red River Valley Today with guest United Way of Lamar County Executive Director Jenny Wilson - It's time for the 2021 Campaign as the United Way of Lamar County works towards it's $500k goal. We talk about the partner agencies, Covid challenges and also homelessness.
Despite nearly half of the state's population being fully vaccinated, Alaska is experiencing some of its highest case counts and hospitalizations. So as we head into another autumn with Covid, we check in with Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska's Chief Medical Officer. ATMI senior producer Quinn White spoke with Dr. Zink just days after the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. She also talks about the delta variant, booster shots, and how divergent messages from community leaders impact how we can get through this pandemic. Hosted by Ada Bjorkman. Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman. Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena'ina people, whose land we work on. Many thanks to supporters of our podcast including Della Cutchins, Spirit of Youth, and United Way of Anchorage. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors. RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING QUARANTINE Center for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus carelinealaska.com: Alaska Suicide Prevention and someone to talk to line: 1-877-266-4357 suicidepreventionlifeline.org: 1-800-273-8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 or text LOVEIS to 22522 alaska211.org or Help Me Grow Alaska 1-833-464-2527 for help connecting to resources and services or for help knowing where to start. These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.
Violet De Ayala was my first business mentor. She is a first-generation Cuban-American first-generation, Violet struggled to find her place in her new world but soon met success with grit, determination, and goal-setting. Meet Violette De Ayala Violette de Ayala is a Cuban American serial and Social Entrepreneur, Founder of FemCity®, and the International Best-Selling Author of The Self-Guided Guru© Life Lessons for the Everyday Human. She has been quoted in Success, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNBC, Fast Company, Thrive Global, Medium, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Small Business, Authority, Business Insider News as a small business expert. Violette has also been seen in featured campaigns in People, InStyle, Real Simple magazines in addition to bareMinerals "Women We Love" Series. In addition, she was selected by Isaac Mizrahi for the Malibu Collection campaign and had her personal love story featured on Good Morning America. She served as part of The White House: Women Environmental Leaders Program and was a commissioned Keynote speaker for Accenture's International Women's Month Event, the SBA Regional Women's Conference, Beconet, and Luxury Brand Partners. She's also volunteered as a Program Facilitator and Mentor for the United Way and Girl Scouts of South Florida. She was also featured as Top 27 Entrepreneurs for Hire on Upwork 2019. FemCity has been seen in Gilt, Vogue, Forbes, AP, Mashable, and Fast Company and has over 80 locations in the US, Canada, and the Islands. Violette is a Member of the NationSwell Council, Entrepreneur Leadership Network and a Contributor for Entrepreneur.com. She was a Moderator for the Global Women Empower 2020 Summit and NationSwell's "The Great American Lie" Discussion. Violette also was a Panelist in the SBA of South Florida Research + Development Panel 2021. Starting and Growing Businesses Starting, growing, and scaling several businesses, Violet ended up in the coaching sector. She looks at life and understands that everything we need is out there. “When you are an immigrant, the narrative that you are acquiring, the stories being shared are of those people that arrived with nothing and achieved great success.” Many people will tell you that you'll fail as an entrepreneur. Listen in to find out Violette's amazing backstory, how she scaled and grew her business and her background as an immigrant coming to America to achieve her dreams! You'll also learn: How to find your grit when you're struggling The importance of systems in your business Ideas for partnering and cross-promoting Goal planning Why you want to review your company data Refuting negative stereotypes Understanding your financial liability For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.amandaabella.com/grit-growth-and-goal-planning-with-violette-de-ayala
On today's show, OVERREACTION MONDAY IS BACK. Pat and the boys overreact to every NFL game from week 1, including the Packers getting absolutely demolished by the Saints in Jacksonville, the Seahawks coming into Indy and beating the Colts, the Steelers massive win on the road against the Bills, Tua vs. Mac Jones, and every other notable NFL game from the weekend, as well as looking at what some other overreactions from around the internet. Joining the program is 2x Super Bowl Champion, current QB Coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs, and friend of the show, Clyde Christensen to chat about how much a football team will change over the course of the year and why losing the first game isn't the end of the world, his thoughts on their performance on Thursday Night against the Cowboys, what he thought of Dak after watching him live, how he thinks Tom Brady feels different at this point than he did at the same time last year, and much more (32:38-50:35). Next, 2x All-Pro, Inside Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Demario Davis joins the show to chat about their huge win over the Packers, putting on for New Orleans in their time of need, why he has the utmost faith in Jameis Winston, what he's doing with the United Way for Hurricane Ida relief, and if Marshon Lattimore has bought him a steak dinner yet after signing his new massive contract (52:39-1:04:12). Later, 9 year NFL veteran at DB, Host of the Man-To-Man podcast, Everything DB, friend of the show, Darius Butler joins the program to get in on Overreaction Monday to chat about the Packers v. Saints game, his thoughts on the Colts, Chandler Jones possibly winning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year after notching 5 sacks on Sunday against the Titans, and much more (1:12:57-1:28:17). Make sure you subscribe to youtube.com/thepatmcafeeshow and listen every day on Mad Dog Radio, Sirius XM Channel 82. We appreciate you all for listening, come and laugh with us, cheers.
The Kewanee Area United Way and OSF Saint Luke Medical Center are teaming to raise funds for the United Way. Darcy James is the President of the United Way and she along with Jessica Turnbull and Samantha Rux from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined WKEI to talk about the partnership and fundraising efforts between OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and the Kewanee Area United Way. Among the fundraising plans a visit from Henhouse Barbecue on Wednesday, September 15th. The Henhouse Barbecue Food Truck will be at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center from 11 Am to 2 Pm. A portion of the sales that day will be donated to the Kewanee Area United Way.
Susan M. Cameron served as president and CEO, as well as executive and non-executive chair of the board of directors, of Reynolds American Inc. between 2004-2011 and 2013-2017. When RAI acquired Lorillard, Inc. for about $29 billion in 2015, it was reported to be the largest acquisition undertaken by a female CEO. In the period during which Cameron held leadership roles at RAI, the company's total return to shareholders increased 1,335 percent, and the company's stock price rose 627 percent. Cameron also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Tupperware Brands Corporation. Susan received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master's degree in business administration Bellarmine University. A brand marketer at heart, Cameron started her career in the tobacco industry in 1981 when she joined Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. Susan worked in a number of countries around the globe before returning to the U.S. in 1999 and being named CEO of Brown & Williamson in 2001. When Brown & Williamson's U.S. business was merged with RAI's R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 2004, Susan was named CEO of the new parent company, Reynolds American Inc. Since then; RAI has grown from a market capitalization of about $6 billion to its current valuation of more than $60 billion. Susan's management philosophy is simple: in the consumer-goods industry, any company's greatest assets are its brands and its people. Investing in both is the best way to ensure success. An avid advocate for women's leadership, Susan frequently speaks to university and professional groups on leadership development. During her tenure as RAI's CEO, she was recognized multiple times by publications including Forbes magazine, FORTUNE magazine and the Financial Times as one of the most powerful women in business. In 2016, FORTUNE magazine named Cameron as one of its top 50 businesspeople of the year, based both on RAI's performance under her leadership as well as her record of taking “bold, visionary steps.” Susan is very active in community development activities and has served on the boards of two United Way organizations, the YWCA, Wake Forest University, Salem College, Experiment in Self Reliance, the Winston-Salem Alliance, and Old Salem. Since 2011, she has served on the board of trustees of her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Florida.
A well-respected and widely known roofing expert, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Charles has become one of the most trusted names in the roofing industry country wide, as well as an inspirational business leader championing social corporate responsibility. Antis Roofing & Waterproofing celebrated its 30 th Anniversary in 2019, or as Charles would say, “for over 30 years, we've been keeping families safe and dry!” Charles has served on a dozen national and local boards for well-known organizations including the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), where he co-initiated the national adoption of all 165 Ronald McDonald homes across the country. He is also a board member of The Roofing Alliance for Progress. Locally, Charles serves on the Orange County Habitat for Humanity (Habitat OC), through which Antis Roofing & Waterproofing has donated every roof installation of every home built by Habitat OC since 2009 – over 80 families housed and $1M in “in-kind” donations, along with Eagle Roofing Products. Charles also serves many organizations. Charles has been the recipient of many prestigious national and local awards, including the 2020 Hispanic Leadership Award from the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, IMA Impact 2020 Award, OneOC 2020 Community Cup Best Overall Project: Team Antis Roofing & California Love Drop, and OneOC 2020 Community Cup Best Hands-on Project: Team Antis Roofing & Second Harvest Truck Brigade. Charles was also honored with the American Red Cross Corporate Hero Award and a Civic 50 honoree of the most community-minded companies in Orange County in 2019. He was awarded in 2018 with the Business of the Year from the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce and the CACM Vision Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2017, Antis was honored as US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Best Corporate Steward, Small and Middle-Market Business, and he was also named as National Philanthropy Day Honoree, Outstanding Corporation or Business, Mid-Size; the Civic 50 Orange County Emerging Company award; and received the top honor with the CNA Insurance/National Roofing Contractors Association (CNA/NRCA) Community Involvement Award. Charles has also sponsored the Community Corner at the Anaheim Ducks arena since 2017, donating over 50,000 seats each year to nonprofit organizations. Charles Antis is a master storyteller and sought-after speaker, panelist, podcast and radio show guest. He was featured in 2019 as the keynote for Best of Success; in 2018 as the keynote at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce Legends and Leaders breakfast; and at the US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Conference in Washington D.C. The Antis “model for giving – give to grow” has been featured in four books: “How Goodness Pays” written by Paul Batz with Paul Hillen; “Unlocking High Performance” by Jason Lauritsen; “Success Mindsets” written by Ryan Gottfredson; and “Do Good at Work” by Bea Boccalandro. Charles and Bea are also co-authoring a “How-to” book in coordination with a class they built for Orange County United Way that Charles believes will become a national model at all United Way's across the country. It's currently entitled, The New Leadership Imperative: Corporate Social Responsibility. On this episode, we talk about how investing in your community leads to growth and retention in your roofing business. Links: https://www.antisroofing.com/ https://www.facebook.com/antisroofing https://www.youtube.com/user/AntisroofingInc https://www.linkedin.com/company/antis-roofing/ https://www.instagram.com/antis_roofing/ https://twitter.com/antisroofing For Tips, Strategies, and Free Downloads visit our website and join the Roofing Success Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/1940365569408073/ www.roofermarketers.com The Roofing Success Podcast Text Jim @ (612) 512-1812 – Say Hi! I would love to hear your feedback, pros & cons! Please leave us a review!
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Lori Shinton, President and CEO of Hands on Nashville and Chair of Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), who highlights the structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose or function in disaster response and recovery to network and share information. VOAD is dedicated to whole community engagement and recognizes that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient communities. During the interview, Lori talks about the focus and goals for Nashville VOAD, the VOAD Emergency Management Cycle, the organizations involved, lessons learned, how the community can help, and much more.What is VOAD?Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster or “VOAD” is a structure that provides a mechanism for representatives of voluntary agencies and organizations that have a role, purpose or function in disaster response and recovery to network and share information.VOAD is dedicated to whole community engagement and recognize that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient communities.What is the Nashville VOAD Emergency Management Cycle?Mitigation - Minimizing the effects of disastersPreparedness - Planning how to respondResponse – Protecting the public and meeting survivors' immediate needsRecovery - Returning the community to normalWhat are some of the goals of the Nashville VOAD?Increase capacity to provide more efficient services to survivors of disasters;Better response to disasters through cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration;Networking and sharing best practices with individuals and organizations active in disaster response;Reduce or eliminate the adverse effect of natural, technological, and human-caused hazards on our socio-economic and physical environments through preparedness, mitigation, and education.Why is the Nashville VOAD beneficial to our communities? Because it:Builds relationships and trust between organizations and community partners;Brings diverse groups together around an issue to create solutions;Increases community resiliency through collaborative preparedness and training efforts;Creates a responsive structure that can be deployed immediately upon disaster;Increases coordination among partnering organizations which leads to a reduction in duplication of services;Provides points of contact for emergency managers and allows for a smooth information flow in a disaster;Can support the development of long-term recovery by supporting Long-Term Recovery Groups and their activities;It's an educational resource to residents of a community.How many organizations are involved in the Nashville VOAD?There are currently 51 member organizations who have committed to being a member of the Nashville VOAD.Many organizations have taken on more active roles in ensuring the procedures are in place and there are plans to tap into neighborhoods and/or the community as a whole depending on the level of disaster.Other organizations will take more active roles when training and also provide hands on service at the time of a disaster.We are currently made up of nonprofits, community organizations, and faith-based institutions.Representatives from several city-affiliated groups are also involved in preparation and response to disasters.What is the relationship between the city and VOAD when it comes to disaster response?The relationship between the Nashville VOAD and Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a critical component to a successful VOAD.Metro Nashville OEM expertise in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery is an important resource.OEM will provide disaster training and education to all VOAD members and is committed to collaborating with the Nashville VOAD to ensure a coordinated response between the city and the VOAD members.In addition to the Nashville VOAD's relationship with OEM, several other disaster preparedness and response partners will help to provide training to our members.Nashville VOAD's current structure has unfolded over the course of the past 18 months due to disasters in NashvilleTornado – March 3, 2020The reconvening of the Nashville VOAD was in its earliest stages when the tornado hit March of 2020Conversations were happening around how to recognize the 10th anniversary of the May 2010 floods, and several of us thought the re-establishing the work of the Nashville VOAD was the most impactful way to do so.Since no formal group was in place, organizations followed Nashville's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan as a blueprint to responding to those in need.Shortly after, the Davidson Co. Long-Term Recovery Group was formed to ensure tornado survivors could receive the help they needed.Christmas Day Bombing, 2020With tornado recovery well on its way, the Nashville VOAD steering committee had been put in place to determine best foot forward in the shape of the Nashville VOAD and the organizations willing to be at the table.Because of the steering committee and active Long-Term Recovery Group, the city and soon-to-be functioning VOAD were able to respond alongside each other, with additional help at the federal level due to the nature of the disaster.Within several weeks, the Christmas Day Bombing Long-Term Recovery Group was stood up to assist residents, employees, and businesses affected by the bomb.Flood & Severe Storms - March 2021By the time the Spring floods and severe storms hit our community in late March and early April, the Nashville VOAD had 51 organizations signed up and actively meeting.Due to the prior two disasters, we were aware of which organizations could step into the roles needed, as well as which organizations had the capacity to take on the extra workloadThis disaster also put into light the need to connect with our neighbors who did not speak English as their primary language, and we worked to put together a volunteer task force to help guide us on best practices for outreach and effective connections.TodayAll three Long-Term Recovery Groups that have been established out of the work of the Nashville VOAD and actively work with community members on becoming whole again.While each group is seated at a different point in the timeline of recovery, we continue to learn and grow from active response while we build stronger relationships with each other as a collaborative group.Who is leading the efforts of the Nashville VOAD?From the work of Tornado recovery and the roles laid out in the CEMP, the following organizations have been actively planning and executing this new chapter of the Nashville VOAD.Gifts of Money – Amy Fair of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is the current Nashville VOAD secretary / treasurer.Not only does CFMT stand up charitable funds for donors to make gifts to in response to disasters, it also allows the Nashville VOAD to fundraise to help absorb the cost of preparing for the next disasterGifts of Stuff – Tina Doniger of the Community Resource Center is active as the Vice Chair of Nashville VOAD, as she comes with the knowledge of soliciting the items survivors need in both the immediate and long-term recovery from disasterGifts of Time – Lori Shinton of Hands On Nashville currently leads the efforts as the Chair of the Nashville VOAD, as her organization not only stands up organization and execution of volunteer needs, but also has a team that can provide expertise in the many facets of disaster response.Additional brain trusts come from Red Cross of Tennessee, Neighbor to Neighbor, United Way of Greater Nashville, Family & Children Service, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Westminster Home Connection, Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and more.Together, we're building stronger communities through service. Browse hundreds of volunteer projects — or find out how your nonprofit or business can become a partner.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HONashville/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HONashvilleWebsite: https://www.hon.org/Other: Nashville VOAD — nashvilleresponds.com and @NashvilleVOAD on Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramList of members can be found at www.nashvilleresponds.com/about
One day a year, volunteers from businesses throughout Utah County step out of the workplace together and into joint service projects to better the local community. This year's United Way of Utah County Day of Caring is September 9th, 2021. In this episode of Utah Weekly Forum, FM100.3 Host Rebecca Cressman is joined by United Way of Utah County's Bill Hulterstrom, President & CEO, and Janie Brigman, Corporate Engagement & Marketing Director. They explain the importance and impact these 1,500 corporate volunteers have on nonprofits, schools, and city parks and how a community that pulls together can make lasting change in local communities and families. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Currently, Steven Neal is President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, THE organization responsible for setting policy for the 2nd largest port in the United States. Among his many roles serving others, Steve rose from Union Steward to Labor Activist to Long Beach City Councilman and Pastor. He shares how a union rep intervened to save his job during the eighties. The difference that this union rep made in Steve's life, changed the trajectory of his life. He was union rep for General Telephone in Long Beach. From there he represented Labor for the United Way in Los Angeles and went on to become a major labor leader and politician. Favorite movie: The Matrix. Favorite words is the Frederick Douglass "Power concedes nothing without a struggle." Follow us on Instagram @365brothers and Facebook at 365BrothersThePodcast. Interested in being a guest? Visit 365brothers.com. Check out Alitu for more ease editing, polishing and publishing your podcast. About this podcast: In each episode, a Brother reflects on his life; explores the experience of being a Black man in America; shares his interactions with law enforcement; and answers the signature question "If America was a woman, what would you say to her? You won't find a collection of conversations with Black men like this anywhere else. Hear their wisdom. Be inspired. Host, Rahbin Shyne, is an author, educator, creative and avid half-marathon walker.
Linda Znachko – Episode 435 Linda Znachko is the founder of He Knows Your Name ministry and author of the nationally recognized and award winning book, He Knows Your Name, How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say YES to God. Rooted in the conviction that every life is sacred to God, and that naming children matters deeply, this ministry gives children dignity and honor in death by celebrating their LIFE. Linda's work was featured on a cover story by the Indianapolis Star, featured on the Steve Harvey Show and the Harvest Show , interviewed on ‘In the Market' with Janet Parshall, as a guest on Ann Voskamp's website, and highlighted in countless local and regional media outlets. For her work with families and children, Linda has received the McMiracle Award from Miracle on 38th St. Foundation, Jefferson Award from ABC News, United Way “100 Heroes Award” Winner, and the Angel Award from Benedict Inn . Having taught and discipled women for over twenty-five years, Linda has been a speaker for churches and retreats. She and her high school sweetheart, husband Steve, launched a Foundation, funding ministries around the globe, and also serve as advocates for Safe Families for Children. Steve and Linda attend Antioch Church in Indianapolis where they raised their 4 children. One of Linda's greatest joys is being called “Honey” by her grandchildren, Rose Jubilee and Smith Moses! The Birth of a Ministry He Knows Your Name was birthed in October of 2009 when the body of a newborn baby, dressed only in a diaper, was discovered in downtown Indianapolis. Three thoughts rang through my head: A dumpster is NOT a grave! A diaper is NOT a burial gown! And Doe is NOT a name! Sadly it is a fact that, even with the Safe Haven law, babies are still abandoned, buried in nameless graves, with no headstone to mark either their deaths or – more importantly – their lives. He Knows Your Name Ministry strives to ensure that every child receives a name in life and dignity and honor in death. Linda would like to acknowledge and thank her many partners, whom work together with He Knows Your Name: Thomas Monument, Little Angel Gowns, Indiana Funeral Care and Washington Park East. Web Site: https://heknowsyourname.org/ ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4
Susanne Wasson is the President of the Crop Protection Business Platform for Corteva Agriscience. Previously, she was the Vice President of Commercial Effectiveness. Prior to being named VP, Susanne was the U.S. Commercial Leader of the Crop Protection Business of Dow AgroSciences. She was previously a Global Business Leader for the Range & Pasture and Industrial Vegetation Management herbicide business and a Global Business Leader for the Seeds and Traits business focused on licensing of Dow AgroSciences' Bt library, and M&A activities for seeds in Asia. She has held several other roles in marketing, sales and finance in her 30-year career. Susanne is a member and past chapter president of P.E.O. (philanthropic education organization for women), and a member of the Delta Delta Delta Foundation Crescent Fund committee. She is currently on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central Indiana, Agrinovus Indiana, National FFA Organization, and the American Chemistry Council. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Crop Life America and was the 2018 chairman of the FFA Foundation Sponsors Board. She was awarded an Honorary American FFA Degree and was a 2016 recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence award, received the 2019 Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence and was a 2019 Distinguished Alumni of College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources of Oklahoma State University. Susanne earned degrees in Agricultural Economics and Accounting from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.
WbW with Dan Dakich and the late great Mr. Jerry Harkness. 03/27/2018-The Loyola Ramblers were heading to the Final Four and Ramblers 1963 Champion and Guard with the Indiana Pacers back in the ABA days joined DD to talk about what it was like when he grew up playing basketball at Rucker Park, the NBA vs ABA, his National Championship win in 1963 and of course why this 2018 FF team was so special. Mr. Jerry Harkness told a story that you wouldn't even believe! At the time in HS, he didn't even think he was good enough for the team. Someone came up to him at the local YMCA and said hey, you are pretty good. Went out for the team and made it. Wait until you hear who that person was at the YMCA that day. Talk about being inspired. More importantly, Mr. Harkness was a pioneer leader for civil rights and equality. He was the first black sportscaster in Indianapolis and member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Jerry was also the first African-American fundraiser for the United Way, and helped found both Indiana Black Expo and the 100 Black Men in Indianapolis. Life after basketball was dedicated to helping others in the community. RIP to Mr. Jerry Harkness See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lisa is solo today and is joined by Melvin Gravely, II to talk about his book, Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships and Our Path to Equity. This part 1 of a series of interviews with Mr. Gravely. Mel Gravely is the majority owner and CEO of a commercial construction company in Cincinnati, Ohio. As one of the largest construction companies in the region, it is a consistent member of the Deloitte 100 list of the largest privately owned companies.An active business and civic leader who has chaired the board of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gravely served on the board of the United Way, was a founding board member of the Cincinnati Regional Economic Development Initative (REDI Cincinnati), and vice chairperson of Artswave, the largest community arts fund in the nation.He co-chaired the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, a group of 100 middle market CEOs working collectively toward meaningful civic action. He is also a board member of several private companies.Gravely earned a BS in Computer Science from Mount Union University, an MBA from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University. He has written eight business books. He is the father of three adult children and married to Chandra (Webb) Gravely. They have one granddaughter.Book description: My friend, I do not believe you are a racist.Melvin Gravely eloquently accomplishes what many have undoubtedly wished to do: talk openly to someone we know about race in the United States today. Gravely uses significant experience as a business and civic leader to express a rare balance in this timely message. Dear White Friend is a forthright, collegial conversation via chapters in the form of letters, each with a combination of personal reflection and meaningful hard facts. Gravely challenges the reader but without judgment or indictment. His depth of thought, deftness of expression, and clear, layman's terms make for an urgent call to begin to close the gap between races in America. The book presents an invitation to understand three questions at the heart of the issue: What is really going on with race in our country? Why must we care? And what can we do about it together? In the end, Gravely calls on us to ask ourselves, “What is my role in all of this?” After reading Dear White Friend, readers will understand why their answer to his question can change everything.