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What does it actually look like to live a purpose-driven life? How exactly do company leaders, educators and entrepreneurs make decisions from a meaning-first perspective? The Make Meaning podcast ponders these questions in conversation with educators, authors, entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the most inspiring, purpose-driven organizations in the world. Host Lynne Golodner is a former journalist, multi-title author, award-winning marketing strategist and inspirational speaker who knows just how to ask the right questions to yield rich, inspiring responses. Since our first episode on July 9, 2018, we have interviewed nearly 100 visionaries. Listen in to the latest episodes!

What does it actually look like to live a purpose-driven life? How exactly do company leaders, educators and entrepreneurs make decisions from a meaning-first perspective? The Make Meaning podcast ponders these questions in conversation with educators, authors, entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the most inspiring, purpose-driven organizations in the world. Host Lynne Golodner is a former journalist, multi-title author, award-winning marketing strategist and inspirational speaker who knows just how to ask the right questions to yield rich, inspiring responses. Since our first episode on July 9, 2018, we have interviewed nearly 100 visionaries. Listen in to the latest episodes!

Location:

Huntington Woods, MI

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What does it actually look like to live a purpose-driven life? How exactly do company leaders, educators and entrepreneurs make decisions from a meaning-first perspective? The Make Meaning podcast ponders these questions in conversation with educators, authors, entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the most inspiring, purpose-driven organizations in the world. Host Lynne Golodner is a former journalist, multi-title author, award-winning marketing strategist and inspirational speaker who knows just how to ask the right questions to yield rich, inspiring responses. Since our first episode on July 9, 2018, we have interviewed nearly 100 visionaries. Listen in to the latest episodes!

Language:

English

Contact:

248-376-0406


Episodes

Episode 104 - Crystal Blanchette - How to make food your friend

2/22/2021
Sometimes meaning comes out of the tiny obligations and routines of daily life. We find meaning in the mundane as easily as preparing a meal and sitting down with people we love to enjoy it. As a celebrity chef, author of two books and mom to two young children, Crystal Blanchette is dedicated to making meal prep easy and making food a priority, not a chore. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Crystal speaks with host Lynne Golodner about her internship at Lucas Films, her...

Duration:00:34:27

Episode 103 - Katie Yamasaki - How to make murals for Community Expression

2/8/2021
“A mural cannot be a band-aid on a society that puts Black and Brown people at the bottom every single day,” says Katie Yamasaki, muralist and children’s book artist who uses art as a platform to build dialogue and tell stories of communities. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Katie speaks with host Lynne Golodner about her early influences (including her famous grandfather, architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center), collaborating with former...

Duration:00:43:21

Episode 102 - Patrick Hicks - How to write historical fiction

1/25/2021
Learning how to write and channel your voice is an act of bravery, says Patrick Hicks, which may lead you to become more adventurous in other parts of your life. The author of more than 10 books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable and This London, Patrick is the latest guest on the Make Meaning Podcast. In this episode, Patrick speaks with host Lynne Golodner about whose history is real history, how to pay homage to the possibilities, and why an American whose ancestors came...

Duration:00:37:48

Episode 101 - Margaret O'Gorman - Why bicycling through countries is the BEST way to learn local culture

1/11/2021
Sometimes a meaningful life and a purpose-driven career grows out of a step-by-step approach to accepting opportunities and seeing where they take you. Margaret O’Gorman, President of the Wildlife Habitat Council and author of the book, Strategic Corporate Conservation Planning, could not have charted her life’s course from her childhood in Ireland – she simply embraced the opportunities that came her way and a meaning-rich life unfolded. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast,...

Duration:00:20:37

Episode 100 - Bassie Shemtov - How to combine career and family to really make a difference

12/28/2020
Growing up in the Chabad Lubavitch community, Bassie Shemtov always knew she’d devote her life to service. So when she married and moved to Michigan, she and her husband set about dedicating their life and family to building friendships with people in isolation. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Bassie speaks with host Lynne Golodner about the origins of the Friendship Circle, her husband’s role as “the Friendship Rabbi,” and the next phase of the Friendship Circle’s...

Duration:00:29:08

Episode 99 - Keisha Greaves - How to turn a devastating diagnosis into a career opportunity

12/21/2020
When many people receive life-altering medical news, they don’t see it as opportunity. Keisha Greaves does. As founder of Girls Chronically Rock and an inspiring advocate for the disability community, Keisha embraced her situation and let it motivate her to live her best life. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Keisha speaks with host Lynne Golodner about being diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy while in graduate school and using such initially devastating news as motivation...

Duration:00:27:25

Episode 98 - Kehkashan Basu - How to make the world more sustainable

12/14/2020
She calls herself an eco-warrior, and her mission started early in life. By the age of 8, Kehkashan Basu was already advocating for sustainability, and now as a university student in Toronto and the founder of the Green Hope Foundation, she shows no signs of slowing down. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Kehkashan speaks with host Lynne Golodner about why children are perfectly positioned to move the needle on climate justice, social equality, gender issues and more. She...

Duration:00:23:55

Episode 97 - Eric Hale - How to give every child a chance, even in the most poverty-stricken communities

12/7/2020
Eric Hale says he’s not trying to be the best teacher; he’s trying to be the most impactful educator in the country. As Texas Teacher of the Year, and the first African-American man to be awarded this honor, Eric raised more than $100,000 in the last two years for his economically challenged school district in the “red light district” of Dallas – in addition to teaching some of its youngest students. “I may be the first to receive it, but I know I’m not the first African-American educator...

Duration:00:23:57

Episode 96 - Jim Rajan, From MTV Producer to Buddhist Healer

11/30/2020
When his young daughter faced a rare form of cancer as a baby, Jim Rajan turned his family’s life upside down for the sole purpose of finding a way to help her survive. He left a high-profile career that included working for MTV U.K., and moved his family to Spain, where his daughter recovered and Jim built a life on discipline, enlightenment and service. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Jim speaks with host Lynne Golodner about how difficult it was to leave a creative...

Duration:00:32:28

Episode 95 - Sabrina Colosimo - How to make your home more beautiful

11/23/2020
Sabrina Colosimo has been productive during this year’s coronavirus pandemic. Her interior design business exploded online, as people stayed home and found renewed energy and inspiration for renovating and redecorating. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Sabrina speaks with host Lynne Golodner about spending a month in Bali to find precious housewares and fabrics, creating rooms that are globally inspired, and how to find new purpose for vintage furniture amid contemporary...

Duration:00:28:19

Episode 94 - Froswa’ Booker-Drew - Why you might want to build your own personal board of advisors

11/16/2020
Seeing people as solutions to problems, Froswa’ Booker Drew says she wants her funeral to be a networking session. Relationships are critical for success, Froswa’ says, they teach us how to become leaders, how to interact with the world, and how to transform what we do and who we are. Froswa’ holds many roles: State Fair of TexasHERitage Giving CircleTulane UniversitySoulstice Consultancy In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Froswa speaks with host Lynne Golodner on the...

Duration:00:30:05

Episode 93 - Joel Hawbaker - How to blend families so that everyone gets along after divorce

11/9/2020
When asked which role he prefers – teaching high school, coaching soccer, serving as a blended family expert, or being a husband and father – Joel Hawbaker has a hard time choosing. All of these roles combine to form his personal purpose, says the Alabama native. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Joel speaks with host Lynne Golodner on having a growth mindset, the purpose of education (hint: it’s to become a better human being and better understand the world), taking time...

Duration:00:45:39

Episode 92 - Andrew Flagel - How to make universities stronger, more connected, and more relevant

11/2/2020
It makes total sense to form a consortium connecting the 17 colleges and universities in our nation’s capital. The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, led by Andrew Flagel, develops financial efficiencies and better delivery of higher education core services as well as making it easier for students, staff and faculty in the region to access the great offerings of its members. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Andrew speaks with host Lynne...

Duration:00:46:58

Episode 91 - Harry Sherwood - How to live a plant-based life

10/26/2020
From living with monks to leading a consciousness-raising website, Harry Sherwood has done a deep dive into meaning and purpose in his young life and built a career based on what he believes. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Harry speaks with host Lynne Golodner about feeling suffocated by the life he was living and going on a journey for something more, something meaningful. Harry studied with yogis, martial arts masters, professors and psychologists, devoting thousands...

Duration:00:33:18

Episode 90 - Jennifer Johnson - How to make schools and classrooms equitable

10/19/2020
As chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the Michigan PTA, and past PTA President at Norup International School, Jennifer Johnson is living out her purpose – to advocate for all children, and to take steps toward building true equity in education. Growing up in a family committed to Civil Rights and accompanying her mother to rallies from before she could walk, Jennifer feels purpose in her bones – and lives it out by speaking up and modeling for her children and her...

Duration:00:40:14

Episode 89 - Rabbi Yonason Goldson - How to build a career through an ethical mindset

10/12/2020
What does a high school teacher do after retirement? Teach about Ethics, of course. At least that’s Rabbi Yonason Goldson’s journey, from a “repentant hitchhiker” to an ordained Orthodox rabbi to a jolly grandfather who converts ancient wisdom into modern-day lessons on operating by a set of ethical imperatives. On the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Yonason talks with host Lynne Golodner about how purpose is the key to happiness and how biblical Hebrew has 8 words for joy or...

Duration:00:25:51

Episode 88 - David Hornak - How to change the school year so kids retain what they learn

10/5/2020
From spreading out the learning calendar more evenly throughout the year to shifting from grades and ages as benchmarks to educational success toward competencies, David Hornak has revolutionary, smart ideas for how to transform education. As superintendent of Holt Public Schools, and executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, David is passionate about making American education equitable and far-reaching. For everyone. In the latest episode of the Make...

Duration:00:34:39

Episode 87 - Rasheda Kamaria Williams - How to emerge stronger after being bullied

9/28/2020
It’s hard to forget being bullied. In fact, it can alter the whole course of your life – if you let it. Knowing this first-hand, Rasheda Kamaria Williams founded Empowered Flower Girl and became an advocate speaking out against bullying to build up confidence and mentorship for young girls so they don’t let harsh early experiences dictate their futures. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Rasheda speaks with host Lynne Golodner on where bullying comes from, PTSD that occurs...

Duration:00:31:37

Episode 86 - Joshua Smith - How to protect your mental health during really tough times

9/21/2020
Joshua J. Smith was humbled and honored to be selected to serve on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 Task Force on Education. As a high school counselor in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and a three-time cancer survivor, Josh knows how precarious health and wellness can be while also realizing the very real pressures of children not being able to go to school. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Josh talks with host Lynne Golodner about how the state of Michigan is...

Duration:00:23:32

Episode 85 - Michele Cuomo - Recognizing the value in state and community colleges

9/14/2020
In this episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Michele talks with Lynne Golodner about how “the arts teach us we are all in this together” and hold up a mirror to our societies and ourselves. They touch on the struggle to achieve universal access and equity in Higher Ed, democratizing the classroom, and the challenge to help people understand the value of Higher Ed in a changing world.

Duration:00:34:07