Steve kickstarted his career in a medical startup. Then he launched (and crashed) his own business and did a half dozen other things along the way. Steve is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and equity; and he currently serves as the Entrepreneurship Instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) where he is the principal architect of the school's Advanced Research and Entrepreneurship capstone program. Along with his professional roles, Steve currently serves on the Board for the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation. Steve is the host of the Landing Pad Podcast (@landingpadpod), a show that features the stories of non-native Arkansans who've "landed" in the Natural State.
I recently sat down with Dr. Patrycja Krakowiak on the show.Originally from Poland, she made her way to the US 35 years ago, earning her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis in molecular biology. She then earned her Ph.D. in human genetics. She is a research scientist and has published dozens of articles and lectured around the country. She currently serves as a life science specialist at the Arkansas School for Math, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA), where she trains the next generation of young scientists and researchers. She  also co-directs the Arkansas Summer Research Institute (ASRI) and trains biology teachers from across the state as a co-director of the Advanced Biology Plus Program through ASMSA. Her story is powerful and inspiring. Don't miss this week's episode. 
Recently I sat down with Lydia Grate to talk about her journey. She landed in Arkansas by happenstance at the encouragement of a stranger at a grocery store as her family drove cross country to restart in California. They decided to make Arkansas home and never made it beyond the Arkansas River Valley.Lydia graduated from Arkansas Tech University with degrees in broadcast journalism, public relations, and speech communication. Immediately following her graduation, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa from 2011-2013. During her service, she facilitated trainings (in French) and collaborated with local NGO’s and the US Embassy to organize conferences for youth and women’s empowerment. Lydia has worked in six countries and on a variety of public service projects, including teaching hospitality skills to girls at risk of sex trafficking in Thailand, mentoring at-risk youth in Australia, and organizing community festivals in New Zealand.Don't miss her Arkansas story.
This is Part II of Christina's story. Catch the Part I in Episode 31.Recently I sat down with Christina Muñoz Madsen a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Before launching her own PR and marketing firm in 2018, she was the Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing for the University of Central Arkansas. You may know her best, though, from her time as an anchor KATV, Channel 7. She co-anchored one of the state’s most-watched newscasts for nine years and was recognized as Arkansas’ most popular news anchor. Born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota, she started out as a radio broadcaster at 1450 KYNT in Yankton at the age of 15. This is Part 2 of her story on the winding path that led her from the plains of South Dakota, to the Great Lakes and finally, to the Natural State.
Recently I sat down with Christina Muñoz Madsen a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Before launching her own PR and marketing firm in 2018, she was the Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing for the University of Central Arkansas. You may know her best, though, from her time as an anchor KATV, Channel 7. She co-anchored one of the state’s most-watched newscasts for nine years and was recognized as Arkansas’ most popular news anchor. Born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota, she started out as a radio broadcaster at 1450 KYNT in Yankton at the age of 15. This is Part 1 of her story on the winding path that led her from the plains of South Dakota, to the Great Lakes and finally, to the Natural State.Don't miss Part II of her story next week where she reveals what made her angry at Arkansas, the pull to leave and what made her stay.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Apr 20th, 1977
Location
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
Episode Count
35
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
14 hours, 35 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 056444