Episodes

Ginette Rhodes

6/26/2019
Ginette Rhodes was a senior at The Ohio State University and President of OSU’s NAACP chapter when we found her seated on a panel during a Rosa Parks remembrance event next to a New York Times best-selling author and a university professor. She spoke so eloquently about complex racial issues and shared her personal stories of growing up in St Louis in a predominantly black neighborhood before moving to a new neighborhood in which she was clearly the racial minority. While Ginette is...

Duration:00:53:28

Matthew Goldstein: This week we invited Matthew Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Besa, an organization that is re-shaping the way a city thinks about volunteering and community involvement. They are leveraging partnerships and focusing the good people are al

4/22/2019
This week we invited Matthew Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Besa, an organization that is re-shaping the way a city thinks about volunteering and community involvement. They are leveraging partnerships and focusing the good people are already doing in a really powerful way. Not only are they able to demonstrate their impact by the number of service hours they’ve tracked, but they see the services that are delivered one project at a time that make a real difference. This is truly what...

Duration:00:39:02

Aslyne Rodriguez: Leveling the Transportation Playing Field

3/19/2019
Aslyne Rodriguez is the Co-Founder and CEO of EmpowerBus, an organization that strengthens the roads to social mobility by providing dignified, reliable, and on-time transportation to and from employment, education, and healthcare opportunities. They use clustering and strategic partnerships to address the transportation barriers, such as extremely long commute times, that are facing under-resourced communities in Ohio. We sat down in the 200 Proof Life studio to chat with Aslyne about...

Duration:00:58:16

Quintel Wilson: Giving Sports A Higher Purpose

12/18/2018
There are some people who make the world better by being in it. They envision what the world could be and make it happen. Quintel Wilson is one of those people. As coach of the Lima Gators, Quin is leading the effort to give boys and young men in his town options, mentors and hope. He uses sports to teach them life skills, build their character and change the trajectory of their lives. We sat down in the 200 Proof Life studio to chat with him about the impact of the programs, the...

Duration:00:38:05

Bernard Williams - Your Awareness Can Save Lives

12/12/2018
For this episode, we’re trying something new. We usually tell the story of a guest. But for this episode, our guest is an expert who is helping us tell a much needed story - a story of the growing concern of a mental health crisis. We are talking about suicide prevention. Bernard Williams is the Coordinator of Suicide Prevention for the Veteran’s Health Administration, and he joined us to help inform us and our listeners about the resources available to us, things we can watch out for...

Duration:00:31:06

Molly Rampe Thomas - Building Families Through Adoption Equality

11/14/2018
Molly Rampe, President and CEO of Choice Network, a pro-choice adoption agency with a larger purpose. Molly’s heart is so big and her mission is even bigger. She refuses to accept that any child should have to enter foster care. In fact, her adoption agency began when she herself plunged in head first by adopting her daughter, Gia. Now, Molly and her team are trying to create the world they want to live in - a world in which every child is surrounded by love and has a family. Ultimately,...

Duration:00:37:42

Missy Holliday - Turning Sister's Tragedy Into Life Tribute

10/31/2018
Missy Holliday never expected to be in her current career. She intended to make her career as a Pediatric Nurse. It wasn't until her younger sister passed away from a fatal car accident and her family had a horrible interaction with a doctor regarding organ donation that she decided to explore how she might change that experience for other people. You'll love her story, but you'll also have the chance to learn so much. The statistics will shock you. so, listen and learn from Missy, who...

Duration:00:31:13

One Goal 10: Building a Community to Find a Cure

5/29/2018
In 2008, they didn't imagine it would grow to be this. It was just a couple of guys riding bikes.. Ten years later, they've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to end cancer, and they show no signs of stopping now. Each member has a story - a story of how cancer has touched his life - people they've lost, family members still fighting. Each also has stories of their rides - kindnesses shown to them along the way, people they met on their journey, support they received from friends and...

Duration:00:47:27

Jim Obergefell: Before There Was "Love Wins!" There Was A Love Story

5/22/2018
After careers in teaching, training, IT consulting, and real estate, Jim Obergefell is now an LGBTQ activist, speaker, and author. Jim is also the co-founder of Equality Vines, the first cause-based wine label that supports organizations devoted to civil rights and equality for all. Jim is the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, a decision that brought nationwide marriage equality to the United States on June 26, 2015. Jim and his husband John launched...

Duration:01:01:43

Cheryl Harrison: How a Passion For Beer and Board Games Turned Into A Passionate Career

5/15/2018
Cheryl Harrison is a writer, marketer and craft beer advocate who opitimizes the phrase ""create the life you love and the freedom to live it."" Cheryl left a stable job and stepped out on her own when she founded speechbubble, a boutique PR agency that specializes in social media community management for badass local businesses. She is also the founder and editor of Columbus’ source for booze news, Drink Up Columbus. These were just a few steps she took to turn her passions into a...

Duration:00:45:11

Yohannan Terrell: A Journey From Akron's Streets To The C-Suite

5/8/2018
Yohannan “Yogi” Terrell! Yogi has been a staple in the Columbus creative community for some time - an entertainment icon, idea guy, innovator, and super connector. He currently serves as CEO of Warhol & WALL St, a cutting edge marketing and branding firm in Columbus. You can’t help but be infected by his positivity, enthusiasm, creativity and huge smile! Life hasn't always been like this for Yohannan. He grew up in Akron, OH, where he dealt with a mother who had addiction issues and a...

Duration:00:46:23

Terreece Clarke: Using Everything She Is to Shine A Spotlight on Those Who Are Usually Invisible

5/1/2018
Terreece Clarke is a wife, mother of three, marketing strategist, plus model and author of the #1 new release on Amazon, Olivia's Potty Adventure. On top of that she's a book reviewer and an artist fellow at the Lincoln Theatre. At first glance, you might think she's scattered or unfocused. but you'd be wrong. In fact, Terreece is laser focused on elevating the conversation about visibility of individuals who often are invisible. Born in Toledo in what she describes as "the middle of the...

Duration:00:40:47

Megan Kilgore: An Experienced Public Servant Who Believes in the Benevolence of Government

4/24/2018
Megan Kilgore grew up in Gallipolis, Ohio, a small Appalachian town on the Ohio River. Her mom, a beloved and distinguished educator, raised Megan single-handedly, and instilled a love of learning, responsibility, and independence that Megan passes on to her constituency every day, now that she is the Auditor for the City of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to being elected the first female City Auditor, Megan spent time working in the private finance sector, where it's no surprise that she could...

Duration:00:47:58

Beth Menz: An Evolution of Personal Identity and Politics Collide to Reveal Her Purpose and Passion

4/17/2018
Dr. Katie Vincer Sears is the mother of three children under the age of 5, the owner of 3 thriving dental practices and a dental assistance school, a philanthropist, consultant and world traveler. One wonders how she has time for all of it, but she makes it seem easy. No stranger to hard work, Katie chose a non-traditional route for her career, choosing to focus on providing dental care to individuals primarily on Medicaid or with no insurance. This type of care has huge stigmas...

Duration:00:50:19

Katie Vincer Sears: Mom, Entrepreneur and World Traveler Making Time to Change the World

4/17/2018
Dr. Katie Vincer Sears is the mother of three children under the age of 5, the owner of 3 thriving dental practices and a dental assistance school, a philanthropist, consultant and world traveler. One wonders how she has time for all of it, but she makes it seem easy. No stranger to hard work, Katie chose a non-traditional route for her career, choosing to focus on providing dental care to individuals primarily on Medicaid or with no insurance. This type of care has huge stigmas...

Duration:00:26:40

Jackie Vanderworth: A Trailblazer Who Refused to Be Anyone But Herself

4/10/2018
Jackie Vanderworth is a trailblazer. Before the term “Transgender” was ever known widely, Jackie knew who she was, and was determined to live her life. She grew up in a small town, but wouldn’t let small-minded individuals limit who she is. She used her sense of style, and sharp wit to demonstrate confidence. The national statistics on transgender individuals regarding hate crimes, suicide, employment, etc. are staggering and do not paint a picture of an easy life. Jackie refused to be...

Duration:00:31:13

Justin Wirick: Living the Gypsy Life, Traveling the World and Chasing His Dream

4/10/2018
Justin Wirick has been performing with the Broadway National Tour of Wicked for more than eight years, and he's loved every minute of it. Because of the show, he's gotten to see many interesting places and explore his world with his touring family. Starting from a young age, Just was tumbling, dancing and performing every chance he had. Upon graduation from high school, instead of heading off to college as planned, he followed his intuition and headed to to LA, where he began...

Duration:00:36:27

Andrew Levitt - Creator of Super Drag Queen, Nina West, Dreams Big and Gives Back

4/4/2018
Andrew Levitt, grew up in a small northeast Ohio town, before attending college at Denison University where he went against all advice and graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance in 2001. Shortly thereafter, Andrew created the character of Nina West, a caring, intelligent, theatrical, funny, goofy, slighly nerdy drag queen, and developed her to the point where he won the title of National Entertainer of the Year in 2008. Nina has been captivating audiences nationwide ever...

Duration:00:50:04

Cary Hanosek - A Mother's Love Leads to Innovation That Will Impact The World

4/4/2018
Cary Hanosek is a business owner who spends her days helping individuals plan for their financial future. By night, she's a dedicated mom with two girls. One of her girls lives with a rare form of epilepsy that causes her to seize both while she's awake and while she sleeps. With no treatment protocol, she and her husband, Joe, took on the role of researchers and established the standard for treatment, which Cleveland Clinic adopted and now uses regularly. During that same time, they...

Duration:00:23:41

Gregg Dodd - The Years of Love, Somedays and Gratitude

3/27/2018
Gregg Dodd is the Director of Marketing for the Columbus Metropolitan Library - the #1 library in the country - but he's also a man on a mission. Every other year (in even numbered years), Gregg sets out on a quest to impact his life or world. Whether giving someone a hug every day or checking off all the items on his bucket list, Gregg is committed to seeing it through. Greg came to the studio to discuss his current resolution - The Year of Gratitutde, We also talked about the...

Duration:00:48:22