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Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.


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Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.






MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs #382: Sabeen Nasim

Born in Pakistan and raised in Southern California, & after only 9 months as Metro United Way’s Director of Major & Legacy Gifts, she rose to this position, having previously served as Director for Louisville Metro’s Office for Globalization-joining the mayor’s team with over 15 yrs. as an experienced leader & public servant from various roles like UPS’ Air Region Public Affairs & Communication Relations Supervisor where she was a liaison for the UPS Foundation; as well as Chief Academic Officer at Berea College; & other positions such as Middle School Math & Science teacher to Project Manager & Assistant Principal in public education. Sabeen has overcome obstacles of integrating into a new country while balancing 2 different cultures simultaneously, a recurring theme in her life she observes. Thus pledging to pay it forward by encouraging ALL people to succeed. Sabeen believes in empowering people to be part of the solution to challenges, teaching them to intentionally focus their energy on a positive direction, ensuring they make sensible choices, and thriving as trailblazers within their community. This enthusiasm led her to be recognized as Louisville’s Business First Top 20 People to Know in Education & the Workforce & recognized again by Louisville’s Business First for their Top 20 People to Know in Philanthropy. Sabeen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from CA. St. Univ. @ Long Beach, & a Master of Educ. degree in Ldrship & Admin. from the University of Louisville Her dedication to the community & involvement with various boards, including the World Affairs Council & Fund for the Arts. Beyond her professional interests, she enjoys travel, playing board games with her husband, cooking international cuisine—& spending quality time with her teenage son. Sabeen, from Pakistan to Southern California, to now the Commonwealth of KY.


MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs #381: Gwen Mooney

Gwen Mooney is the President & CEO of Cave Hill Cemetery, a cemetery considered by PBS to be 1 of the world’s greatest cemeteries! In 2015, Gwen started as Pres./CEO of The Historic Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY. She is JUST its 6th leader in almost 200 yrs. & overseeing roughly 300 acres of the cemetery & its arboretum, as well as Cave Hill’s Invest. Corp. & the Heritage Foundation. As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, Gwen is a licensed funeral Dir. & embalmer in Ohio & Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science & from 1999-2015, was Pres. & Managing Dir. of The Gwen Mooney Funeral Homes, associated with Sg. Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. She has served as a Board member of the Intnl. Cemetery, Crematory & Funeral Assoc. (ICCFA), it’s Educational Fdtn. & Woman in Leadership Committee, as well as the KY. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. In 2003, she was awarded (CCFE) status- a Certified Cemetery & Funeral Exec. Designation. Over a funeral career that has spanned multiple decades, she has spoken at many conventions & educational programs, including the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science & Memphis, TN.’s ICCFA Univ. Gwen states-“My lengthy funeral career has allowed me to serve many families with compassion & see the impact that outstanding services & attention to detail can make on a family. Keeping up with the changing trends in our industry has been something that I have paid close attention to, as well as attracting future woman leaders to the funeral industry”. Gwen & her husband enjoy spending time at their homes in Harrison, OH. & Glenview, KY. She loves to travel & spend time with their 3 children (Dustin, Gabrielle & Dalton) & 3 Granddaughters (Ella, Emmalyn & Elise).


MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs #379: Taylor Everett

Taylor Everett - Louisville, KY, Independent Mayoral Candidate, 2022 Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and a Louisville Resident Since 2011, Taylor moved to Pittsburgh, PA, at the age of 4 and lived there through high school. He graduated From the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s in Marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship. Taylor believes his life has presented him with challenges that many Louisville residents face daily, which uniquely qualifies him to relate to their concerns and motivates him to fix them. With first-hand experience of chronic health issues with his wife and daughter, as a very young parent, losing a parent due to alcohol, and divorced parents, who personally have been on government-sponsored programs WIC and CCCC, Taylor started a division of a business that focuses specifically on how the government buys goods and services. I hope to continue making Louisville a place where businesses and residents thrive!


MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs #378: Bill Dieruf

Bill Dieruf - Louisville, KY, Republican Mayoral Candidate, 2022 Mayor Bill Dieruf is in his 12th year as Mayor of the City of Jeffersontown, where he has overseen a police department, public works, an economic development authority, parks and recreation, and all other city services. He instituted the WOW customer service approach to city operations that he used during 35 years operating Dieruf Hardware, the longest-operating family-owned business in Jeffersontown. Mayor Dieruf has had many accomplishments during his three terms as Mayor. He used his business acumen as an accountant to eliminate Jeffersontown’s $17 million debt. He renegotiated the debt, paid it off 11 years early, saved $1 million in interest, and did not raise taxes to do it. Mayor Dieruf served as president of the Kentucky League of Cities for two years, including during the pandemic in 2020. That year he visited almost 200 cities across the state, helping his fellow mayors navigate the complicated process of filing for CARES Act funding that kept those communities financially sound. Before he served at KLC, Mayor Dieruf was president of the Jefferson County League of Cities for five years and remained immediate past president. In addition, he serves on the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency board and is the organization’s past chairman. For 12 years, he has been a board member of GLI and the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Campbellsville University Visitors Board of Directors since 2011. Mayor Dieruf was a member of Leadership Louisville’s 2020 Bingham Fellows class that studied the Digital Divide, concluding it is imperative that affordable Internet access, training, and hardware be available to all Louisville households so all residents can thrive. A native of Louisville, Mayor Dieruf was raised in the Hikes Point neighborhood and graduated from St. Xavier High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky. Mayor Dieruf and his wife, Jody, reside in Plainview. They have a daughter, Jennifer, son-in-law Ben, and two grandsons. Mayor Dieruf says his grandsons are one of the reasons he chose to run for Louisville Mayor because he wants to make sure our city is where they will be proud to call their home.


MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs #377: Craig Greenberg

Craig Greenberg - Louisville, KY, Democratic Mayor Candidate, 2022 Craig is a proud Louisvillian, husband, father, entrepreneur, and community leader who believes in thinking big, working hard, and making things happen. Craig has spent his career turning dreams into realities and will bring that energy to building a Louisville that works for every family. Craig, an attorney by training who went from Jefferson County Public Schools to Harvard Law School, helped start and build a Louisville-based company, 21c Museum Hotels, which grew to more than 1,100 team members. 21c received international recognition and helped revive Main Street in Louisville and other urban neighborhoods across the country. Craig has also led other transformative, historic preservation projects that have driven Louisville’s downtown revitalization, including 111 Whiskey Row, which was nearly destroyed by fire. No matter how great, the desire to solve problems will be at the core of Craig’s effort to build a stronger Louisville. Craig has leadership experience enacting reforms for good government and transparency. As a member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, Craig led the effort to hold the former University President accountable for inappropriate financial dealings. While on the University Board of Trustees, Craig also spearheaded a successful effort to stop a proposed 5% tuition increase for students. Craig has also served as the Chairman of the March of Dimes’ March for Babies and on the boards of Metro United Way and the Louisville Jewish Community Center.


Moxie Moments #35: Mary Haynes - Best Advice

MoxieMoments brings you Mary Haynes', President and CEO, Nazareth Home, the best piece of advice.


Moxie Moments #34: Joe Heron - Defining Moment

MoxieMoments brings you Joe Heron, Co-Founder-Copper & Kings American Brandy Company, explaining his defining moment.


Moxie Moments #33: Delanor Manson - Defining Moment

MoxieMoments brings you Delanor Manson, CEO-Kentucky Nurses Assoc., Retired U.S. Navy Captain & Owner, Koi Gallery, telling us about her most defining moment.


Moxie Moments #32: Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr - Feeling Misunderstood

MoxieMoments brings you Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to discuss being misunderstood.


Moxie Moments #31: Summer Auerbach - Best Advice

MoxieMoments brings you Summer Auerbach, Second Generation Owner, Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods, giving her best piece of advice and her thoughts on leadership.


Moxie Moments #30: Caleb Kilburn - Defining Moments

MoxieMoments brings you Caleb Kilburn, Master Distiller, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., explaining his defining moments of adulthood.


Moxie Moments #29: Angela Burton - Contributions to Humanity

MoxieMoments brings you Angela Burton, Founder of Feet-to-the-Fire Writer’s Workshops, on her contributions to humanity.


Moxie Moments #28: Governor Steven L. Beshear - Unforeseen Leadership

MoxieMoments brings you Governor Steven L. Beshear, 61st Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky (2007-2015), providing insight into unforeseen leadership challenges as a governor.


Moxie Moments #27: Nina Moseley - Leadership Philosophy

MoxieMoments brings you Nina Moseley, Chief Operating Officer, Wayside Christian Mission, informing us her leadership philosophy.


Moxie Moments #26: Steve Cunanan - Driving Force

MoxieMoments brings you Steve Cunanan, Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross – Kentucky Region, explaining his driving force.


Moxie Moments #25: Angela Leet - Best Advice

MoxieMoments brings you Angela Leet, CEO at QSR Automations & Metro Council Member 2014-2018, who chats about her best piece of advice.


Moxie Moments #24: John Asher - On Churchill Downs

MoxieMoments brings you the late John Asher, Former-Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs, telling us about the allure of Churchill Downs.


Moxie Moments #23: Ingrid Hernandez - Defining Moment

MoxieMoments brings you Ingrid Hernandez, President & Creative Director, Ingrid Design, telling us about her defining moment.


Moxie Moments #22: Jeff Walz - Best Advice

MoxieMoments brings you Jeff Walz, Head Coach, University of Louisville Women’s Basketball, and his best piece of advice.


Moxie Moments #21: Heather Howell - Biggest Triumph

MoxieMoments brings you Heather Howell, Director of Global Innovation & Trademark, Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands, telling us about her biggest triumph and best piece of advice. At the time of our taping, Heather was Director of Innovation, Brown-Forman Corporation.