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Daniel Levine | Neighborhood of Tomorrow - Ep. 49

Daniel Levine is president of Levine Properties, a family-owned property investment company that develops, owns and operates commercial and residential properties in Charlotte, North Carolina and in select urban locations throughout the United States. Levine Properties owns over 20 acres on nine square blocks of largely undeveloped property in the First Ward district in the center of the City of Charlotte. As president, Daniel is responsible for the development, leasing, property...


Tana Greene | Maximizer Futurist - Ep. 48

Tana Greene is CEO of the Greene Group, parent company of three national staffing companies disrupting labor, transportation and logistics: My Work Choice, for warehouse and light industrial workers; Road Dog Team, for truck drivers and crew workers; and Blue Bloodhound, a technology application company matching pay-by-the-run and long-haul commercial drivers with motor carriers. The Greene Group has won several awards, including recognition as one of the Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses in...


Mike McGuire | Status Go - Ep. 47

J. Michael 'Mike' McGuire is CEO of Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading accounting and advisory firms. Mike has more than 30 years of experience working closely with high-growth, startup and middle-market companies, assisting in capital markets transactions ranging from angel investing, initial public offerings, merger & acquisition strategies, due diligence and deal structure. Before joining Grant Thornton in 2002, Mike...


Piko Ewoodzie | Participant Observer - Ep. 46

Joseph C. 'Piko' Ewoodzie, Jr., examines how marginalized populations in urban locations make sense of inequalities in their everyday lives. He embeds himself into communities and takes a long-term immersive approach to research. Piko is the Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Davidson College. He teaches courses on qualitative methods, sociological theory, culture, race and urban sociology. His publications include articles on the everyday eating...


Amanda Pagliarini Howard | One Clear Voice - Ep. 45

Amanda Pagliarini Howard is co-founder of The Society Guide, a membership-based program that connects non-profit organizations to high net worth donors and their advisors. The Society Guide publishes The Giving Book, an annual catalog and dossier of non-profit organization members. Previously, Amanda was editor of Society Charlotte magazine and nFocus Magazine, and a freelance writer and editor. She has contributed dozens of articles and essays to publications, including The Washingtonian,...


Nick Napoletano | Quantum Entanglements - Ep. 44

Nick Napoletano is a painter, muralist and designer known for hyperrealist works brimming with allegory and symbolism. His work can be found in galleries and museums internationally, including the collections of Amway and the New Britain Museum of American Art. He recently exhibited at Jerald Melberg Gallery and at the Mint Museum. He has painted a series of large-scale exterior murals in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. He has expanded his work into the fields of augmented and...


Marek Ranis | Environmental Art - Ep. 43

Marek Ranis creates art about social and ecological change. His work considers the loss of permanence and 'the grief of the world.' Ranis is Associate Professor of Sculpture at the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a sculptor, installation, performance and video artist, public art artist and consultant, photographer and painter. Since 1994 Ranis has focused on environmental art and is the author...


Spencer Merriweather | Justice League - Ep. 42

Spencer Merriweather III is the Mecklenburg County District Attorney, leading an office of over 200 attorneys and staff who prosecute state felonies and misdemeanor charges. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the felony division in Mecklenburg County for more than a decade. He previously led the District Attorney’s Office's Habitual Felon Prosecution Team and has prosecuted a variety of crimes ranging from homicide, robbery and sexual assault. He has been an active member of...


Amy Herman | Image Maker - Ep. 41

Amy Herman is a visual artist, entrepreneur and community builder. Her photography is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Kresge Art Center in East Lansing and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and has been shown in numerous galleries, including at The Light Factory and at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Amy is the co-director of Goodyear Arts, an artist in residency and event space initiative, and owner of Vintage Charlotte, a pop-up market of...


Patrice Funderburg | Self-Care and Liberation - Ep. 40

Patrice Funderburg is the founder of Educate to Engage, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leading transformative change through education, exposure and engagement. The firm offers strategic planning, organizational development, training and facilitation around diversity, equity and inclusion. Previously, Patrice had a 20-year career in corporate human resource operations, vendor diversity, corporate philanthropy and corporate recruiting, including for Belk, Inc. and Lowe's Companies....


Dianne English | The Ties that Bind - Ep. 39

Dianne English builds bridges across difference. She is executive director of Community Building Initiative (CBI), whose mission is to achieve racial and ethnic inclusion and equity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. CBI programs include the Leadership Development Initiative, Leaders Under 40, and Equity Dialogue Circles. Before joining CBI, Dianne served as executive director of Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization fostering understanding, compassion and justice. She has served as a...


Touissant Romain | Between the Lines - Ep. 38

Toussaint Romain is a public servant interested in equity and justice. He is a former Assistant Public Defender in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Defender's Office, where he most recently represented indigent clients charged as habitual felons. He conducted over 40 jury trials and many more bench trials over a ten-year period, handling cases ranging from first-degree murder to domestic violence crimes. Toussaint is an adjunct professor teaching courses on criminal justice and criminology...


Michael Marsicano | Visionary Catalyst - Ep. 37

Michael Marsicano is ranked by Charlotte magazine as the most powerful person in the city of Charlotte. He is president and CEO of The Foundation For The Carolinas, a Charlotte-based community foundation that advances philanthropy and drives major civic leadership initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michael served as president and CEO of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, and as executive director of the Durham Arts Council and the Royal Arts Center in Durham, North...


Jack Ossa | The Power of Design - Ep. 36

Jack Ossa helps people create impactful experiences through the power of design. He is the founder of and principal architect at Ossa Studios, an architecture, branding and web design firm. He previously worked as a senior project architect at Gensler, an international integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. Jack has worked on dozens of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects, and provided principal design for the worldwide corporate headquarters for SPX...


Dave Newell | Transition to Impact - Ep. 35

Dave Newell prepares students for lives of leadership and service. He is director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development at Davidson College. He serves as the principal resource for the campus community on leadership development and education. Dave is also the owner and lead consultant of Evolve Leadership Consulting, a learning, development, and strategy consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations function at their highest level. Prior to his work at Davidson College,...


Candice Langston | Electric Barbarella - Ep. 34

Candice Langston is a communications consultant who helps organizations make a positive impact in their communities. She previously was a principal at SOLID, a strategic communications and civic engagement firm. Her career includes serving as director of development and strategic partnerships for the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, an advancement consultant for Time Out Youth, and as business director and senior marketing manager for Sotheby's. Candice is the founder and...


Russ Greenfield | Integrating Medicine - Ep. 33

Russ Greenfield is medical director of integrative medicine for Novant Health, a regional healthcare system. He is a physician who practices integrative medicine, which combines conventional medicine with complimentary therapies to engage a person's innate healing capacity. He is also a consultant, focusing his efforts on corporate wellness programs, product development and education. Russ is board certified in emergency medicine. He was one of the first four physicians to graduate from...


Fabi Preslar | A Sparkling LIfe - Ep. 32

Fabi Preslar helps clients share their stories. She is president of SPARK Publications, a custom-publishing firm that specializes in designing magazines, books and other print and digital publications. She is also publisher of b2bTRIBE, a magazine for engaged and diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners. Fabi has received several awards, including the 2017 NAWBO-Charlotte’s Women Business Owner of the Year, recognition as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte region...


Robert Bush | Culture for All - Ep. 31

Robert Bush is president of the Arts & Science Council, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region's lead resource hub and cultural advocate. Robert serves as the chief strategic and executive officer of the organization and lead representative of the ASC to the broader community. Prior to joining the ASC, Robert served as president of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and president of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, as Director of Development with the Mint Museum of Art, and as...


Philip Blumenthal | Family Legacy - Ep. 30

Philip Blumenthal is chairman and director of the Blumenthal Foundation, a family foundation established by I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal and Herman and Anita Blumenthal, that supports projects of significance in Charlotte and North Carolina. Philip is also director of Wildacres Retreat, a conference center located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. A lifelong philanthropist, Philip is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Order of the Long Leaf...