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Recently I sat down to chat with LaTasha Moore. LaTasha Moore was born in Illinois but considers herself an Arkansas native. She is from the rural community of Falcon, Arkansas, which is located in the southwest corner of the state. LaTasha is
Recently, I had a fun conversation with Rachel Golden, the founder of Acanthus Fine Art Advisory. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Rachel made her way to Arkansas via Houston, with a stint in Paris, which turned into book based on the
Recently, I sat down with Hilary Trudell, the Producer of the Yarn and Director of Local Programming and Regional Outreach at the Clinton School of Public Service.Ms. Trudell is a facilitator, producer and educator with over 15 years experience
Recently I had the good fortune to sit down with Dr. Celia Banting an expert in teen suicide prevention. Dr. Banting came to Arkansas from the Isle of Wight. She is a psychiatric nurse as well as published author. The "I Only Said" series of th
I recently got to sit down with Noah Hallett who describes himself as "California-grown, Southern-ripened, a proud husband, epic nerd, and life-long learner." We talked about what makes him a self-described "epic nerd," his path from the scienc
I recently caught up with Dr. Nancy Gray of BioVentures.Dr. Gray currently serves as President, BioVentures, LLC, the technology licensing office and business incubator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  Nancy has more
Recently, I sat down with Whitney Hickerson the Communications Director at the Arkansas Business Engine.An avid reader and writer from a young age, Whitney realized early on that the greatest stories the world has to offer are the ones we are l
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 ge
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 Arkans
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
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
Epiphany "Big Piph" Morrow is a Stanford educated emcee and "community builder" from Pine Bluff, AR.  He performs regularly with his 7-piece band, “Tomorrow Maybe,” and has worked with major acts including TI, Big Sean, Tye $, Snoop, Ne-Yo, and
Recently, I sat down with Karen Zuccardi.Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Karen has been a Little Rock resident for five years. While in the USA, she has lived in various states.Karen is a graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service. As t
Recently I got the chance to sit down with Anna Beth Gorman, the Executive Director of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas.Anna Beth has served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas since 2016. In her tenure with the Wo
Recently I sat down with Mark Millsap, the President and Partner of Foundation Resource Management, an investment firm managing a portfolio of institutional and individual assets.Mark moved to Central Arkansas from Alabama with his wife and the
Recently, I sat down with Tiffany Henry, the Rural Director at the Conductor, a public/private partnership, where she facilitates entrepreneurial and community development programming in 11 counties across Central Arkansas. She is a Certified G
I got a chance to catch up with Nate Thomas, the Educational Programs Manager at the Clinton Foundation, a global non-profit that builds partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals to transform lives and communities. Nat
Recently I sat down with Mildred Franco, the Executive Director of the Generator, an economic development initiative of Go Forward Pine Bluff. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Mildred Franco holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Enginee
Recently I sat down with local entrepreneur and businessman, Sam Carrasquillo. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sam moved to Arkansas with his family as a teenager. With no friends, no money, and speaking little to no English; Sam went door-to-do
Recently I got a chance to catch up with Yang Luo-Branch. She is the founder of the Arkansas Association of Asian Business and has been recognized by Arkansas Business as a business influencer. She's recently been named an inaugural member of t
Recently, I sat down with Misti Staley of Helena to learn more about the path that led her to Arkansas. This is an enthralling story of love, loss and triumph in the face of adversity. You won't want to miss this Arkansas story.Misti Freeman St
Recently, I sat down with Ralph Hudson who moved to Arkansas as a young boy. He joined the military, got married, left for a few years but eventually, Arkansas drew his family back home to the Natural State.Ralph currently serves as the Directo
Steve Biernacki is my guest on the show this week. We talked about leadership and service in business and in the non-profit sector.Steve is the current Executive Director of City Connections. He has been a successful business owner and entrepre
Pierce Gordon, Ph.D. is my guest on the show this week. We talked innovation in the face of COVID and the importance of equity and systems change in innovation. Dr. Gordon's Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley, specializes in inter
Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis is a native of south Louisiana, she grew up in Baton Rouge. Dr. Richard-Davis is the Executive Director for UAMS Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is also a tenured Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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